The Second Coming: A novel

The Second Coming: A novel

by Garth Risk Hallberg
The Second Coming: A novel

The Second Coming: A novel

by Garth Risk Hallberg


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A story of fathers and daughters, first and hundredth chances, and the lengths we'd go to for the people we love, from the acclaimed author of B&N Discover pick, City on Fire.

From the New York Times best-selling author of City on Fire comes an intimate epic that plunges us deep into the lives of a troubled teenage girl and her estranged father when he returns home in an attempt to save her. Navigating love, grief, betrayal, and redemption, Jolie and Ethan must find a way to survive as a family.

“Beautiful and daring.” —Nathan Hill, author of Oprah’s Book Club pick Wellness • “Breathtaking.” —Christina Baker Kline, author of #1 New York Times best seller Orphan Train

Spring, 2011. When thirteen-year-old Jolie Aspern goes down onto the subway tracks to retrieve her dropped phone—and nearly gets hit by a train—the last thing she wants is sympathy from her estranged dad, Ethan. A recovering addict and felon, now living in California, Ethan has long struggled to see beyond himself. But when news of Jolie’s accident reaches him, Ethan comes to fear she’s in more serious trouble than anyone realizes. And believing he’s the only one who can save her, he decides to return home.

So begins the journey of Jolie and Ethan, father and daughter, apart and together, different yet the same. It will stretch from Manhattan in the midst of the Great Recession to a remote beach on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where their lives really began. In time, it will push Jolie out past her depth with a mysterious stranger, and Ethan in over his head with his first love—Jolie’s mom.

Soaring, aching, full of revelation, The Second Coming is at once an incandescent feat of storytelling and an exploration of an enduring mystery: Can the people we love ever really change?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593536926
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2024
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 57,048
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

About The Author
GARTH RISK HALLBERG’s first novel, City on Fire, was a New York Times and international best seller and was selected as one of the best books of 2015 by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Vogue. It was the basis for the Apple TV+ series of the same name. He is also the author of the novella A Field Guide to the North American Family. In 2017, Granta named him one of the Best of Young American Novelists. His work has been translated into seventeen languages.
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