This Bright River

This Bright River

by Patrick Somerville
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This Bright River by Patrick Somerville


From a writer and producer of HBO's acclaimed apocalyptic drama series The Leftovers, comes a compelling story of young love and old secrets.

Ben Hanson's aimless life has bottomed out after a series of bad decisions, but an unexpected offer from his father draws him home to Wisconsin. There, he finds his family fractured, still reeling from his cousin's mysterious death a decade earlier.

Lauren Sheehan abandoned her career in medicine after a series of violent events abroad. Now she's back in the safest place she knows — the same small Wisconsin town where she and Ben grew up — hiding from a world that has only brought her heartache.

As Lauren cautiously expands her horizons and Ben tries to unravel his family's dark secrets, their paths intersect. Could each be exactly what the other needs?

A compelling family drama and a surprising love story, This Bright River is the work of a natural storyteller, one whose dark humor and piercing intelligence provide constant, lasting delights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316129312
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

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.

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This Bright River: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ABookAWeekES More than 1 year ago
Ben Hanson is no stranger to mistakes. Recently released from prison, he understands that he made errors in both his personal and professional life. Now, free from confinement and with new sobriety, Ben wanders though life, searching for some kind of meaning. When his uncle Denny passes away, Ben's father, Jack, invites him to move back to his hometown to help settle his late uncle's estate. Upon his arrival, Ben is flooded with memories of his past. He recalls the tragic death of his older cousin, Wayne, a tragedy that still haunts his family. As he begins to delve into his uncle's estate, fragments of the past come to light, all adding to the mystery of Wayne's demise. In the same town, Lauren Sheehan is also trying to rebuild her life. Escaping from a violent ex-husband and abandoning her medical career, Lauren has returned to her hometown in search of a fresh start. In the small town, it is now surprise that the paths of Ben and Lauren intersect. Having no true past relationship, the two slowly become interested in each other. As time passes, their troubled lives become intertwined, creating a connection that they could have never imagined. Together, they kindle a romance and attempt to move on with their lives before their negative past catches up with them. Going into this novel, I was unsure of what to expect. Normally, I try to steer clear of any "romance" novels, but this story offered much more. By slowly presents fragments of the two characters lives, mostly through flashback from each character's recollections, Somerville provides just enough information to keep the reader wanting more. Intricately imagined, the characters seem like genuine people who have had a rough go at life. Drawn with a sense of reality and empathy, it is easy to get behind Ben and Lauren and to truly care about them. While the writing is really great, I will admit that there were times when the change in time and narrator got a bit confusing. In certain moments Somerville slowed the pace of the plot, focussing more on character development that advancing the narrative. Fortunately, this attention to character made it impossible to stop reading. At times, this novel can be hard to digest. The themes of family drama, second chances, and suspenseful drama permeate this fascinating novel making it a completely engaging read.
sharonbIL More than 1 year ago
I had to pace myself reading this because it was so well written and such a compelling story. THIS should have been a BN recommends. I still have 40 more pages to the end and I'm savoring every word. Patrick Somerville is a superb writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that the concept of this book was good, but there was a lack of character development and it was rife with extraneous passages. The book could have and should have been about 100 pages shorter.
GrammyReading More than 1 year ago
just read it...absorb it....ponder over it...and then remember it.....keen, crisp, edgy, and real...thought provoking and sensitive....tough and gritty and dreamy and crazy.....family....life....survival...and transition....read it
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All in all ,I liked this book. Good, well drawn characters Plot was a little farfetched, but ok. I was wondering if the author was hinting at something at the end of the book when he brings up some old crime of the second to the last page. Going to try to find thisauthor's first novel "the cradle"
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