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Profoundly affecting....Bret Lott writes about grief with as much accuracy and with as much wisdom as anybody who has ever addressed the subject....Deeply sad, but, miraculously, at once hauntingly beautiful.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Compelling....Lott masterfully (but never depressingly) delineates his haunted protagonists' oppressive pain....His prose is graceful, almost hypnotic, and the emotional tension is consistently high.
Poetic storytelling....lyrical....Bret Lott can be trusted with fragile objects. His gentle touch gives Hugh's and Laura's pain a heartbreaking purity.
Beautifully written....Bret Lott is a master of descriptive detail. Few writers have his gift for awakening all of a reader's senses.
Pure poetry....Reed's Beach is simultaneously one of the saddest and most beautiful stories I have ever read. It is doubtful any parent can read it without tears....Lott subtly strikes emotional chords [for] all readers....Yet another insightful, inspiring, marvelous novel to treasure from Bret Lott.
San Francisco Chronicle
Bret Lott's much-applauded body of work examines the struggles of ordinary, middle-class Americans to cope with life's inevitable blows. In his fourth novel, Reed's Beach, Lott explores what is said to be the cruelest blow of all, the death of a child....Lott is a fine writer, capturing with subtlety, yet laserlike accuracy, the whimsy of life and the trauma of grief, the profound existential angst that loss triggers....Engrossing.
Washington Post Book World
Lott captures the delicate interplay of past and present, the way that memories have of breaking into our thoughts; he understands the need to accept those memories as a source of joy, not pain, in the wake of unimaginable loss....Beautifully paced.