This Bright River

By Patrick Somerville
(Reagan Arthur Books, Paperback, 9780316129305, 449pp.)

Publication Date: June 11, 2013

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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.

About the Author
Patrick Somerville grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, went to college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later earned his MFA in creative writing from CornellUniversity. He has taught creative writing and English at CornellUniversity, Auburn State Correctional Facility, and The Graham School in Chicago. His first book of short stories, "Trouble "(Vintage, 2006), was named 2006's Best Book by a Chicago Author by "Time Out Chicago," His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in "One Story," "Epoch," "GQ," "The Beloit Fiction Journal," and "Best American Nonrequired Reading,"
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