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Bradford Morrow is the author of eight novels, including Trinity Fields, The Diviner's Tale, and most recently, The Forgers, as well as a short-story collection, The Uninnocent. He is the founding editor of Conjunctions and has contributed to many anthologies and journals. A Bard Center Fellow and professor of literature at Bard College, he lives in New York City.
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A thoughtfully written, smartly executed novel of suspense set in the rare book world. Former forger Will struggles to console Meghan when her brother and reclusive book collector Adam is found with his hands severed, their lives are thrown into further turmoil when threatening letters begin to arrive. This has such a clever premise, any confirmed bibliophile will be in their seventh heaven. The first sentence is a doozy, and my expectations skipped higher. This has the most wonderful setting and there are descriptions written by Bradford Morrow that are so evocatively written, they sing in their intensity. Don’t though, think you are only entering a murder mystery, while a crime sits centre stage, it is the background and the shadows that are actually the most revealing. The Forgers is an intriguing read, and one where the interest is not necessarily where you’d expect to find it.
A long book of 528 pages but very readable and a real page-turner. The writing is rich and thrilling and the story, swinging between the past and present, between Meta and Otylie, is clear and engaging. It involves the preservation of an early, presumed to be, Beethoven sonata which, to protect it from the Nazis’ confiscation in 1939, is split into three parts. One is retained by its owner, Otylie, one she gives to her friend Irena and the third she sends to her husband who has joined the resistance. All three eventually lose touch. In the present day Meta, a musicologist meets the now very old Irena and learns of the story. Irena gives her the movement and so begins the hunt for the other two parts. I don’t think there is any doubt as to the outcome of this but the point of the story is the search and that provides tension, drama and suspense with the last hundred pages changing gear and racing to its conclusion. There are a lot of music references which not all readers may understand but I don’t think that will spoil their enjoyment for it is a lovely read, highly recommended. It would make an excellent film. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Pages of a weathered original sonata manuscript - the gift of a Czech immigrant living in Queens - come into the hands of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist whose concert piano career was cut short by an injury. The gift comes with the request that Meta find the manuscript's true owner - a Prague friend the old woman has not heard from since the Second World War forced them apart - and to make the three-part sonata whole again. Leaving New York behind for the land of Dvorak and Kafka, Meta sets out on an unforgettable search to locate the remaining movements of the sonata and uncover a story that has influenced the course of many lives, even as it becomes clear that she isn't the only one seeking the music's secrets.
When Liam Everett's reverend father passes away in the prime of his life, Liam knows something foul is afoot. Everyone insists that the reverend's slip down the basement staircase of the church was simply an accident, a misstep. But the reverend knew those steps better than the back of his hand and Liam is sure he would never have been so careless and clumsy. But with everyone happy to accept Revered Everett's death as a mishap, his son is left to find solace with the legacy his father left behind: sixty antique bibles. But it seems the reverend was more in life - and death - than everyone thought. Soon Liam is surrounded by more priceless books than he could ever have imagined, and the more he reads, the more shady characters keep showing up at his door...
Bradford Morrow's stories have garnered him awards such as the O. Henry and Pushcart prizes and have given him a devoted following. Now gathered here for the first time is a collection of his finest gothic tales. A young man whose childhood hobby of collecting sea shells and birds' nests takes a sinister turn when he becomes obsessed with acquiring his brother's girlfriend, in "e;The Hoarder,"e; which was selected as one of the Best American Noir Stories of the Century. An archeologist summoned to attend his beloved sister's funeral is astonished to discover it is not she who has died, but someone much closer to him, in "e;Gardener of Heart."e; A blind motivational speaker has a crisis of faith when he suddenly regains his sight, only to discover life was better lived in the dark, in "e;Amazing Grace."e;
A new novella by acclaimed author Bradford Morrow about a man who tracks an inexplicable plague of bird deaths, and the mystery's profound effect on his familyHundreds of red-winged blackbirds are discovered scattered, lifeless, around a greenhouse in Warwick, New York. Heaps of common grackles litter the fields of a farm upstate near Stone Ridge. And in Manhattan, a Washington Square restaurant is forced to close its doors when a flock of pigeons inexplicably dies on the sidewalks out front. From Pennsylvania to Maine, birds are falling from the sky en masseand nobody can figure out why.An insurance claims adjuster and avid birder is one of the first to recognize that something is wrong. His stepdaughter, Caitlin, has also noticedtheir common interest in birds is one of the few things they share these days, since her mother died of cancer just six months ago. As they travel the Northeast together to investigate the ominous deaths, a bond forms that might prove strong enough to mend their broken family.Fall of the Birds is a moving story of a haunting near-future and a tribute to the power of love that can survive even the most harrowing of circumstances.
A densely layered journey into the dark heart of the American Dream that spans continents and centuriesIn Bradford Morrow's debut novel, lightning-tongued mercenary Peter Krieger travels to Nicaragua to kidnap a man who may be a 480-year-old former conquistadorand therefore could hold the secret to immortality. When Krieger attempts to sell his captive to a reclusive scientist in upstate New York, he sets off on a globe-spanning expedition, in which he encounters an enormous cast of idealists, crackpots, and revolutionaries. And his one-time lover, Hannah Burden, who raises cattle in an illegal loft ranch in Manhattan, still stands between him and his nefarious, astonishing ambitions.A rousingly hilarious, yet tragic epic about the dark side of the American Dream, Come Sunday is fueled by Morrow's captivating style, breadth of reference, and depth of insight, and spins old myths of the New World into unexpected and haunting forms.
A brilliant allegory that traces the life of a young woman whose sanity teeters on the edge as she tries to hold together her troubled family Since childhood, Grace Brush has suffered episodic migraines. With them come hallucinatory visions, which reveal buried memories, leading her inexorably on the path to discovering secrets that could send her family's business empire into ruin. Among the many branches in this provocative novel are the limb of a tree outside Grace's window where the ghost of her dead brother, Desmond, lives, and the corrupt branch of a dummy corporation at the heart of her father's vast conglomerate. As Grace grows into adulthood, her quest for personal freedom collides with the mysteries of her past, making of her story an almanac of the perplexing nature of truth itself.In The Almanac Branch, Bradford Morrow maps the geography of a family's tragedy and one woman's redemption with astounding psychological insight, grace, and nuance.
Two Los Alamos boys forge a friendship in the shadow of their parents' history-changing work developing nuclear weaponsIn many ways, Los Alamos is an ideal place for best friends Brice McCarthy and Kip Calder to grow up. There's wilderness to explore; brilliant and fascinating people, including their own parents and neighbors; and a booming wartime economy. Still, the town was built for one purpose: to manufacture a weapon capable of total annihilation. As the two boys grow and the United States enters the Vietnam War, the psychic fallout of their parents' deeds pushes Brice and Kip toward opposite sides in the conflictone, a soldier; the other, an antiwar activisteven as they come to love the same woman.Trinity Fields is a sweeping saga of American life in the atomic age that brilliantly illuminates the soul of a nation.
The domestic bliss of an architect and his wife is threatened by an unseen tormentor in this literary thriller by the award-winning author of The Forgers. When Grant's marriage begins to fall apart, he reflects upon the perfect lives of his uncle Henry and aunt Edme, self-sufficient intellectuals who live blissfully together in a home built by Henry in the high Rocky Mountains. But when Henry and Edme tell Grant of the terrible nighttime incidents that occurred on their property and culminated in the gruesome murder of one of their close friends, Grant moves in with them to help save an ideal he holds dear.Giovanni's Gift is a modern reinvention of the myth of Pandora's box, and a harrowing meditation on the allure of the American landscapeand the menace that lurks beneath the beauty of its surfaces.
Ariel Rankin seeks to locate and save her unknown fathera man deeply scarred by his secret and brutal role in the history of his countryIn the sequel to Bradford Morrow's heralded Trinity Fields,young New Yorker Ariel Rankin learns that her birth father is not the man who raised her but rather a soldier named Kip Calder who disappeared into the jungles of Laos during the Vietnam War. Hoping to preserve her otherwise happy life, she pushes the revelation out of her mind. But when Ariel finds herself confronting motherhood, she decides to pursue the parent she never knewa dying man burdened by some of his country's most terrible secrets, who has returned home to New Mexico in search of redemption. Her quest will take her from the holy village of Chimayo to the highly restricted, pitiless deserts of the White Sands Proving Grounds as she goes straight to the heart of the American experience.Evoking the rugged beauty of the New Mexican landscape, Ariel's Crossing weaves social with magic realism while creating a moving portrait of that elusive thing we call home.
The Diviner's Tale is at once a journey of self-discovery and an unorthodox murder mystery, a tale of the fantastic and a family chronicle told by an otherwise ordinary woman. Walking a lonely forested valley in upstate New York, Cassandra Brooks comes upon the shocking vision of a young girl hanged from a tree. When she returns with authorities, the girl has vanished, leaving in question Cassandra's credibility, if not her sanity. The next day, on a return visit, a dazed, mute missing girl emerges from the woods, alive-and the very picture of Cassandra's hanged girl. What follows is the narrative of ever deepening and increasingly bizarre divinations that will lead this gifted young woman, the struggling single mother of twin boys, hurtling toward a past she'd long since thought was behind her. When Cass' dark forebodings take on tangible form, she is forced to confront a life spiraling out of control. And soon she is locked in a mortal chess match with a real-life killer who has haunted her since before she can remember.