The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley
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Everything seems quiet on Ann Brooks’s suburban cul-de-sac. Despite her impending divorce, she’s created a happy home and her daughters are adjusting to the change. She feels lucky to be in a supportive community and confident that she can handle any other hardship that life may throw her way. But then, right before Thanksgiving, a crisis strikes that turns everybody’s world upside down. Suddenly her estranged husband is forced back onto her doorstep, bringing with him his beautiful graduate assistant. Trapped inside the house she once called home, confronted by challenges she never could have imagined, Ann must make life-or-death decisions in an environment where the simple act of opening a door to a neighbor could jeopardize all she holds dear.

The choices she makes will impact the lives of those around her irrevocably and linger in the reader’s memory in this marvelous first novel, written with authority, grace, and wisdom.

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About Carla Buckley

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Carla Buckley was born in Washington, D.C. She has worked as an assistant press secretary for a U.S. senator, an analyst with the Smithsonian Institution, and a technical writer for a defense contractor. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, an environmental scientist, and their three children. She is the author of Invisible and The Things That Keep Us Here, which was nominated for a Thriller Award as a best first novel and the Ohioana Book Award for fiction. She is currently at work on her next novel, which Bantam will publish.
Published February 5, 2010 by Dell. 434 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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.As long as they kept others away, there was no way they would end up nameless in a photograph for future generations to page past and wonder.” While infectiously suspenseful, Buckley deftly captures the rhythms of the Brooks’ family life that goes on even as the world around them falls apart.

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The tension between them due to the breakdown of their marriage adds to the complexity of the story, and Buckley throws in some interesting challenges along the way: they find themselves caring for a neighbor’s six-month-old baby, they must mediate the relationship between daughters Kate and Madd...

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Dallas News

If you're still a little freaked out by the swine flu, The Things That Keep Us Here might not be the best choice for your reading list.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In all, there were three waves of illness, spanning three years and reaching into every corner of the world, and when it had subsided, twenty percent of the world population was gone.

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