This Bright River by Patrick Somerville
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The slow revelation of a host of family secrets is handled so deftly you won’t even mind getting sand in your Kindle.
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A compelling story of young love and old secrets

Lauren Sheehan's career in medicine came to a halt after a chain of violent events abroad. Now she's back in the safest place she knows-St. Helens, Wisconsin-cut off from career, friendship, and romance.

Ben Hanson's aimless young life has bottomed out after a series of bad decisions, but a surprising offer from his father draws him home for what looks like his final second chance. In Wisconsin, he finds his family fractured, still unable to face the truth behind his troubled cousin's death a decade earlier.

As Lauren cautiously expands her horizons and Ben wrestles with his regrets and mistakes, their paths intersect. Could each be exactly what the other needs? Or the last thing in the world either one can handle?

The weight of secrets, the price of success, and the cost of love all linger at the heart of this surprising, unsettling, deeply satisfying novel. Rich with the dark humor and piercing intelligence that made The Cradle so beloved, This Bright River confirms Somerville's status as one of the most engaging and daring young writers at work today.
 

About Patrick Somerville

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Patrick Somerville grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later earned his MFA from Cornell University. He is the author of the story collections Trouble and The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, and the novel The Cradle. He lives with his wife and son in Chicago, where he teaches creative writing at Northwestern University.
 
Published June 26, 2012 by Reagan Arthur Books. 466 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Andrew Ervin on Jul 20 2012

The slow revelation of a host of family secrets is handled so deftly you won’t even mind getting sand in your Kindle.

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jul 01 2012

The last, least successful part of “This Bright River” takes a turn for plot-driven suspense. In the context of what precedes it, this finale just feels like a desperate measure.

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jul 02 2012

The last, least successful part of ''This Bright River'' takes a turn for plot-driven suspense. In the context of what precedes it, this finale just feels like a desperate measure.

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