You Came Back: A Novel

You Came Back: A Novel

by Christopher Coake
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You Came Back: A Novel by Christopher Coake

Thirty-something midwesterner Mark Fife believes he has successfully moved past the accidental death of his young son Brendan, as well as his subsequent divorce from his college sweetheart Chloe. He's successful, he's in love again, and he believes he's mastered his own memories.

But then he is contacted by a strange woman who tells him not only that she owns his old house, but that she believes it to be haunted by Brendan's ghost. Will Mark—who does not believe in ghosts—come to accept the mounting evidence that Brendan's is real? Will his engagement to his new love Allison be threatened by the reappearance in Mark's life of Chloe—who does believe? If the ghost is real, what can these two wounded parents do to help their son?

YOU CAME BACK examines the beauty and danger of belief in all its forms—not only belief in the supernatural, but in the love that binds parents and children, husbands and wives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455506699
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Christopher Coake is the author of WE'RE IN TROUBLE, which was chosen for the PEN/Bingham Award of 2005. In addition, Coake was among "Granta's Best of Young American Novelists" in 2007. His stories have been published in several literary journals. A native Hoosier, he received his M.F.A. in fiction from Ohio State University. He now lives in Reno, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Nevada.

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You Came Back 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
acorley84 More than 1 year ago
This book is so emotional and so gripping and gut wrenching. It tells you a story of utter grief, unconditional love of a husband and wife, between parents and a child, and the uncertainty of the future and afterlife. The story is written from the father/husband's point of view, and I found it quite interesting to hear that, because not many author's venture to that territory. Mark is such a strong, committed, unconditional loving character, who in fact, has his flaws. He proves that even through flaws, one can overcome and persevere. He also proves that sometimes love isn't enough if both people don't feel the same way. I didn't find myself liking Allison all that much, but maybe it was because throughout the story, I couldn't help finding myself routing for Mark and Chloe. Coake did such a wonderful job writing all of the characters and being so in depth with each and every one of them! I thought that the story was well written and thorough. It seems like Coake really thought this through before putting it on paper and takes the reader through many different emotions while reading, from the very beginning to the very end. I feel that too often stories leave a reader hanging without giving insight into their future, however, I felt comfortable closure at the end of this story.  Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this book and thought that the narrator, Scott Holst, did the story complete justice. I felt like I could have been truly listening to Mark tell the story! I certainly was glad that I finally got around to reading this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I believed it and really felt the characters. I recommended it to several people who also really enjoyed it. I keep checking for something new from this author.
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Like others have said, it was an alight book, but would have been better if the author wouldn't repeated himself over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to get to the end of this book , but it is a struggle . It drones on over and over on the same scenario. Child died, father trys to move on, mother is mentaly weak, he lies to girlfriiend and ex over and over again. Then to keep local readers interested he throws in familiar locations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved the build up to the suspense of whether he gets to "see" his son but so disappointed with how it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was a good read. However, I wish the author had not spent so much time having the main character, Mark, nagging page after page about his ex-wife.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down once I started it. Was disappointed the way it ended, I felt the ending was sloppy like the author just quit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good reading about death and life and how you cant bring back the past. A story about one mans attempt to rebuild his life after the death of his young so. Oh and there are ghosts too........maybe!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago