Bent Road

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Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel

"Don't be fooled by the novel's apparent simplicity: What emerges from the surface is a tale of extraordinary emotional power, one of longstanding pain set against the pulsating drumbeat of social change."
-Sarah Weinman, NPR.org

For twenty years, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets surrounding his sister Eve's death. But when the ...

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Overview

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel

"Don't be fooled by the novel's apparent simplicity: What emerges from the surface is a tale of extraordinary emotional power, one of longstanding pain set against the pulsating drumbeat of social change."
-Sarah Weinman, NPR.org

For twenty years, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets surrounding his sister Eve's death. But when the 1967 Detroit riots frighten him even more than his Kansas past, he convinces Celia to pack up their family and return to the road he grew up on, Bent Road, and the same small town where Eve mysteriously died. And then a local girl disappears, catapulting the family headlong into a dead man's curve. . . .

On Bent Road, a battered red truck cruises ominously along the prairie; a lonely little girl dresses in her dead aunt's clothes; a boy hefts his father's rifle in search of a target; and a mother realizes she no longer knows how to protect her children. It is a place where people learn: Sometimes killing is the kindest way.

Bent Road has been optioned for film in 2012 by Cross Creek Pictures with Mark Mallouk to adapt and Benderspink to produce. 

Winner of the 2012 Edgar Award for Best First Novel

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Editorial Reviews

-Beth Perry
"Even the simplest scenes crackle with suspense."
-Oline Cogdill
"Lori Roy masterfully mixes a noir approach with gothic undertones for an engrossing story about family secrets and tragedies. . . . Bent Road is one of the best debuts of 2011."
Publishers Weekly
Set in the mid '60s, Roy's outstanding debut melds strong characters and an engrossing plot with an evocative sense of place. When Negro boys start phoning Elaine, Arthur Scott's teenage daughter, Arthur decides it's time to leave Detroit and return to the small Kansas town that he left 20 years earlier after his sister Eve's mysterious death. His wife, Celia, resents the move that will put her close to in-laws she barely knows and that will change her family dynamic. That Arthur's younger daughter, Eve-ee, resembles her late aunt unsettles Arthur's older sister, Ruth, and Ruth's husband, Ray, who have never seen Eve-ee before. When a neighbor's child disappears, suspicion uncomfortably settles on Ray, who was suspected in Eve's death. Roy couples a vivid view of the isolation and harshness of farm life with a perceptive look at the emotions that can rage beneath the surface. This Midwestern noir with gothic undertones is sure to make several 2011 must-read lists. (Apr.)
NPR.org
"Don't be fooled by the novel's apparent simplicity: What emerges from the surface is a tale of extraordinary emotional power, one of longstanding pain set against the pulsating drumbeat of social change…"--(Sarah Weinman)
Associated Press
Bent Road, Lori Roy's debut novel, is haunting and atmospheric, set in a place where ‘everyone knows everything about everybody,' yet acts on misinformation and half-truths, with devastating consequences. –Michelle Wiener
People
A former tax accountant, author Roy is calculated in the way she builds and eases tension . . . even the simplest scenes crackle with suspense.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Bent Road is a winner. A suspenseful example of American Gothic, its shocking twists and turns will keep you turning page after page . . . Expect the unexpected, and you'll get it.
Marilyn Stasio
Haunting…Writing with a delicate touch but great strength of purpose, Roy creates stark studies of the prairie landscape and subtle portraits of the Scotts as they struggle to adjust not only to their troublesome relatives and taciturn neighbors.
—The New York Times
Library Journal
After the Chicago riots of 1967, Arthur and Celia Scott move their family back to Arthur's boyhood home in rural Kansas in search of a calmer, safer life. His family welcomes them, but the Scotts' lives are thrust into turmoil when a neighbor's child disappears, Arthur's sister suffers spousal abuse, and the shadow of a family murder haunts his younger daughter. Arthur hopes that his son will gain maturity from his new surroundings, but young Daniel's city-coping skills fail him on the farm and in his country school. Celia misses the sophistication of the city, is perplexed by the man Arthur is becoming, and is nearly overwhelmed by the silent suffering around her. Returning to the city is not an option, but the Scotts have second thoughts about life on the plains. This rich and haunting family story reminds us that simplicity of landscape does not necessarily mean simplicity of life. VERDICT Roy's exceptional debut novel is full of tension, complex characters, and deftly gothic overtones. Readers of Tana French's In the Woods will find this dark and satisfying story a great read. Highly recommended.—Susan Clifford Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452297593
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 252,835
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Roy

Lori Roy was born and raised in the Midwest, where she was a tax accountant before turning her focus to writing. Roy lives with her family in west central Florida. This is her first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2011

    A true page turner!

    Bent Road is for the reader who wants to pick up a book and not put it down until the last page has been turned. Enjoy!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

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    A Road Worth Taking

    This is a gripping debut novel from an author to watch. Lori Roy tells a story in southern-gothic tradition of a family haunted by the past.

    To escape the race riots of 1967 Detroit, Arthur Scott returns to Kansas, after fleeing his family homestead there twenty years before.

    While his teen daughter settles into a new love and life in Kansas, his adolescent son, and grade school daughter struggle to fit in and belong.

    Arthur's wife must come to terms with being a farm wife, as she struggles with Arthur's secret past and what drove him away from his home here so long ago.

    Ms. Roy portrays a very real picture of farm life, country folk, and the secrets a family will go to all lengths to hide, even from each other.

    The characters are believable, their struggles heartfelt. This is a haunting, memorable story. This author has much to offer, in a genuine way. I welcome her, and highly recommend her.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Gritty and Real

    What a fantastic book! It brings to mind the feelings evoked when seeing "American Gothic" in person. Sure, it looks like a simple painting, but underneath simmers an entire world of secrets and lies. It starts with a fairly simple premise: a family moves from Detroit to rural Kansas, the home of the patriarch Arthur Scott. While there he must face the past he ran away from and the present that may prove even more toxic.

    The writing paints a vivid picture. I could see everything happen so clearly, playing like a movie in my head. Stick Kate Winslet in there, and you have an Oscar winner. It's gritty. It's real. Yet despite all the tragedy and heartache, there still lies a real sense of hope in the end. There's just the whisper of a chance that maybe this family will get past this, break the cycle, and make a better life for themselves and their community.

    I highly recommend this book. Lori Roy was able to find the beauty in the stark reality of this family. I was left wanting to know more about their future and past. I will definitely look for more from this author.


    Copy of this book won in a First Reads contest.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    OUTSTANDING

    A slow simple (don't let this word fool you) and by simple I mean plainly said in a few stark words you actually feel, step by step, each family member's journey. Beautifully written, I highly recommend this. And I read it in print, if it makes a difference.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    Great writing, not great story!! This book was a conundrum for

    Great writing, not great story!!

    This book was a conundrum for me.  I read it because it won the Edgar award for the best first novel. Unfortunately, I felt it was more a statement on legalized abortions rather than a true mystery. Fortunately, the writing was descriptive and creative; unfortunately, I did not like---more like actively disliked---all the characters, even the children.  This story was a lesson in bigotry, ignorance, meanness, and hatred.  Hopefully, this talented author will choose a different storyline, with a few like able characters in her next book----fore, with this talent there needs to be many more future books!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2011

    Great book!

    Great book, couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    very good book

    first time i have read from this author and enjoyed it very much. Will purchase another one to read since this one was really good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    This book takes such a long time to get into. I finally found my

    This book takes such a long time to get into. I finally found myself invested in some of the characters my page 140. The ending is pretty predictable. It is an easy read. Overall, not impressed.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    So disappointed. After reading reviews, I was really looking fo

    So disappointed. After reading reviews, I was really looking forward to reading this book. But, ugh, how depressing. Honestly, it was one of those books where I just wanted to smack every one of the characters and tell them to straighten up. Could truly not recommend this to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Excellent

    and harrowing.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    This book reminded me of Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell. Dark but co

    This book reminded me of Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell. Dark but compelling. Full of developed characters and believable. My only complaint was the device of using particular words repeatedly. I know it was deliberate, but a few fewer "slipped" and "pressed" would have been less diverting. I found myself annoyed at times and it took me out of the story.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Too Dark

    Ugh. After reading this, I never want to go to Kansas. Didn't think she did a good job developing the characters and it was such a dark and dreary book, that I, who love to read, had to force myself, to pick it up each day. Didn't live up to my expectations and felt ending was predictable.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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