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Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston
  

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Bret Anthony Johnson is the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, so an exquisitely written book, impressively plotted is practically guaranteed. Exploring the aftermath of a child’s return to his family four years after being abducted, Remember Me Like This is profound and intriguing, delving into what happens to a family who’ve gone through such an experience when normalcy begins to creep back into their lives. This is an impressionistic book and there are moments when the plot gives way to an attempt to capture fragments of challenging emotions, creating a poignant, thought provoking and at times harrowing read.

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Synopsis

Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston

ONE OF THE OBSERVER'S BEST HOLIDAY READS 2014 - BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME 'I love this novel' John Irving - 'Excellent' Sunday Times - 'enthralling' New York Times A powerful and affecting novel of a family which has moved readers everywhere What happens to a family when a lost child returns? In the four years since Justin's abduction his family has become a group of separate units, each nursing their pain and guilt. Now, when they should be at their happiest, how can they forgive each other and become a family again? A gripping literary novel with the pace of a thriller, Remember Me Like This introduces Bret Anthony Johnston as a gifted storyteller. With his sophisticated and emotionally taut plot Johnston reveals how only in caring for each other, can we save ourselves.

Reviews

'I'm looking forward to a week in southern Spain in the company of Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston. It has a fascinating fictional premise: a missing child who comes back and a changed family who have to get used to the idea. I've dipped into it already and the writing is clear and beautiful. Besides, a novel that comes with effusive quotes from John Irving and Alice Sebold has to be pretty good.' -- Elizabeth Day Observer (Best Summer Reads 2014)

'Johnston's excellent debut is primarily a literary novel, with old-fashioned virtues such as rich characterisation, strong structure and impeccable control of tone. Although it is reminiscent of John Updike, the mixture of summer heat and melancholy feels peculiarly Texan' The Sunday Times

'enthralling and skillful... the book's beauty is in its complexity, in its characters endless search for the truth... uncomfortably revealing... What Johnston captures and examines so expertly isn't the kind of sadistic cruelty familiar to anyone with a television, but a subtler, more quietly menacing variety, the eggshell tiptoeing, the killing kindness we unknowingly inflict when acting out of love and fear... Remember Me Like This isn't a novel about kidnapping. It's not a psychological study of Stockholm syndrome or a victimology. It's not a thriller, and it's not even really a mystery, unless it's an unsolved one, the exquisitely moral mystery of how we struggle to accept and love the people we call family, even when we can't fully know them' New York Times

'Johnston has an ear for tidy phrases that pinpoint the elegiac in ho-hum domesticity, noting how blinds ladder light on to a bedspread or how, looking at Justin's sad father, an elderly widow would like to sop him up with a biscuit . It's a suspenseful, uplifting portrait of a family in crisis.' Observer

About the Author

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was described by David Mitchell as 'a gorgeous, accomplished debut', and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Independent and the Irish Times, and the novel Remember Me Like This, a New York Times Editor's Choice and one of the Observer's best Holiday Reads 2014. His work appears in the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, the Paris Review, the Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he's the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the Director of Creative Writing. bretanthonyjohnston.com Facebook/BAJbooks

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Publication date

12th February 2015

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Bret Anthony Johnston

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Publisher

Two Roads an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781444788075

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