This Bright River

This Bright River Cover

This Bright River

By Patrick Somerville

Reagan Arthur Books, Paperback, 9780316129305, 449pp.

Publication Date: June 11, 2013


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.

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,"

Praise For This Bright River

"Ingenious, dark, thrilling and heartbreaking, This Bright River contains prose that will tempt you to linger on the page and a plot that simply won't let you. Just fantastic."
-Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

"In This Bright River, Patrick Somerville brings us two vivid characters knocked hard by life, guiding them through perilous places on a journey that reveals the weight of family history, its constant pull, the way it makes and unmakes us. The result is a novel that is both intimate and mysterious, harrowing and brave."
-author of The End of Everything and Dare Me

"This Bright River is a flood of virtuoso prose and characterization. Mystery, memory, pain, and a courageous strand of love are interwoven in a riveting narrative of voices, all singing, all merging into the singular vision of one of American literature's young masters."
-Nic Pizzolatto, author of Galveston

"This Bright River is nothing short of extraordinary. Somerville has a gift for writing gorgeous prose, complete with sharp humor and a perfect sense of place. But that's only half the story. There's also a great romance here and a shocking set of mysteries that get untangled along the way. Addictive, amazing, unforgettable."
-J. Courtney Sullivan, bestselling author of Maine