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Northwest Corner: A Novel

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    Honest, powerful and deeply engrossing

    You don't need to have read or watched Reservation Road to appreciate the characters, their dilemmas or the writing in Northwest Corner. Schwartz captures the complexity, heaviness, and hopelessness so well.

    * Dwight Arno at fifty. He's been released from prison and built a new life on the other side of the country, surrounded by people that don't know his past. Only his employer knows about his record and it has never been an issue at the sporting goods store where he works. His old life as a corporate lawyer in Connecticut with a family and a beautiful house is another life altogether.
    * Sam Arno, a college athlete, who runs from his own tragedy. We learn how his childhood was tainted by his father's reputation and how Sam has worked to create a normal life for himself. The friendships that he's kept and the one girl that he is drawn to add another layer to the story.
    * Ruth, Sam's mother, faces problems of her own. As she struggles with medical issues, she fights her instinct to contact her son. Schwartz captures the delicate balance that we often fail to meet as we try to give people the space that they seem to want.

    The small actions and quiet dialogue convey so much emotion and complex personal histories. Northwest Corner is a powerful, engrossing read. Authentic and beautifully written, Northwest Corner isn't a light summer read, but it's a book that will stay with you long after you've finished reading.

    ISBN-10: 1400068452 Hardcover $26.00
    Publisher: Random House; 1St Edition edition (July 26, 2011), 304 pages.
    Review copy provided by TLC Book Tours and the publisher.

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