The Returned

By Jason Mott
Mira Books, Hardcover, 9780778315339, 338pp.

Publication Date: August 27, 2013

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
“What would you do if someone you loved, someone who meant the world to you, who made your life complete…died? What would you do if fifty years later that person showed up on your doorstep—never having aged, without any recollection of where they had been? This is the question that faces the world in Jason Mott’s The Returned. Part science fiction, part family drama, part philosophical treatise on human nature, The Returned delves deep into groupthink and the human psyche without forsaking a genuinely riveting story. From concepts of faith, to morality, philosophy, and the frightening actions that arise out of fear; The Returned keeps you on your toes, and further, stimulates in a way that goes beyond the intellectual, touching your heart and moral soul. This is one book that is guaranteed to get you thinking and talking, and will leave your breathless in the end.”
— Heather Christman, Warwick's, La Jolla, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
“What would you do if someone you loved, someone who meant the world to you, who made your life complete…died? What would you do if fifty years later that person showed up on your doorstep—never having aged, without any recollection of where they had been? This is the question that faces the world in Jason Mott’s The Returned. Part science fiction, part family drama, part philosophical treatise on human nature, The Returned delves deep into groupthink and the human psyche without forsaking a genuinely riveting story. From concepts of faith, to morality, philosophy, and the frightening actions that arise out of fear; The Returned keeps you on your toes, and further, stimulates in a way that goes beyond the intellectual, touching your heart and moral soul. This is one book that is guaranteed to get you thinking and talking, and will leave your breathless in the end.”
— Heather Christman, Warwick's, La Jolla, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
“What would you do if someone you loved, someone who meant the world to you, who made your life complete…died? What would you do if fifty years later that person showed up on your doorstep—never having aged, without any recollection of where they had been? This is the question that faces the world in Jason Mott’s The Returned. Part science fiction, part family drama, part philosophical treatise on human nature, The Returned delves deep into groupthink and the human psyche without forsaking a genuinely riveting story. From concepts of faith, to morality, philosophy, and the frightening actions that arise out of fear; The Returned keeps you on your toes, and further, stimulates in a way that goes beyond the intellectual, touching your heart and moral soul. This is one book that is guaranteed to get you thinking and talking, and will leave your breathless in the end.”
— Heather Christman, Warwick's, La Jolla, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
“What would you do if someone you loved, someone who meant the world to you, who made your life complete…died? What would you do if fifty years later that person showed up on your doorstep—never having aged, without any recollection of where they had been? This is the question that faces the world in Jason Mott’s The Returned. Part science fiction, part family drama, part philosophical treatise on human nature, The Returned delves deep into groupthink and the human psyche without forsaking a genuinely riveting story. From concepts of faith, to morality, philosophy, and the frightening actions that arise out of fear; The Returned keeps you on your toes, and further, stimulates in a way that goes beyond the intellectual, touching your heart and moral soul. This is one book that is guaranteed to get you thinking and talking, and will leave your breathless in the end.”
— Heather Christman, Warwick's, La Jolla, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
“What would you do if someone you loved, someone who meant the world to you, who made your life complete…died? What would you do if fifty years later that person showed up on your doorstep—never having aged, without any recollection of where they had been? This is the question that faces the world in Jason Mott’s The Returned. Part science fiction, part family drama, part philosophical treatise on human nature, The Returned delves deep into groupthink and the human psyche without forsaking a genuinely riveting story. From concepts of faith, to morality, philosophy, and the frightening actions that arise out of fear; The Returned keeps you on your toes, and further, stimulates in a way that goes beyond the intellectual, touching your heart and moral soul. This is one book that is guaranteed to get you thinking and talking, and will leave your breathless in the end.”
— Heather Christman, Warwick's, La Jolla, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
“What would you do if someone you loved, someone who meant the world to you, who made your life complete…died? What would you do if fifty years later that person showed up on your doorstep—never having aged, without any recollection of where they had been? This is the question that faces the world in Jason Mott’s The Returned. Part science fiction, part family drama, part philosophical treatise on human nature, The Returned delves deep into groupthink and the human psyche without forsaking a genuinely riveting story. From concepts of faith, to morality, philosophy, and the frightening actions that arise out of fear; The Returned keeps you on your toes, and further, stimulates in a way that goes beyond the intellectual, touching your heart and moral soul. This is one book that is guaranteed to get you thinking and talking, and will leave your breathless in the end.”
— Heather Christman, Warwick's, La Jolla, CA


Description
""The Returned" transforms a brilliant premise into an extraordinary and beautifully realized novel. My spine is still shivering from the memory of this haunting story. Wow." -Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of "The Monster of Florence"
The sensational "New York Times" bestselling novel about an impossible miracle and a family given a second chance at life...
Harold and Lucille Hargrave's eight-year-old son, Jacob, died tragically in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep--flesh and blood, still eight years old.
All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. But as chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality.
With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, "The Returned" is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.



About the Author
Jason Mott is the critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author of The Returned, which was adapted for a network television drama series. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Jason was named by Entertainment Weekly as a writer poised to break big. He holds a BA in fiction and an MFA in poetry and is the author of two poetry collections. He currently lives in North Carolina.



Praise For The Returned

"The Returned transforms a brilliant premise into an extraordinary and beautifully realized novel. My spine is still shivering from the memory of this haunting story. Wow." -Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of The Monster of Florence



"In his exceptional debut novel, poet Mott brings drama, pathos, joy, horror, and redemption to a riveting tale." -Publishers Weekly, starred review


"This book offers a beautifully written and emotionally astute lens at our world gone awry....Poet and debut author Mott has written a breathtaking novel that navigates emotional minefields with realism and grace."
-Kirkus, starred review

"Mott brings a singularly eloquent voice to this elegiac novel, which not only fearlessly tackles larger questions about mortality but also insightfully captures life's simpler moments....A beautiful meditation on what it means to be human."
-Booklist, starred review


"A wondrous surprise. With fine craftsmanship and a deep understanding of the human condition, Jason Mott has woven a tale that is in turns tragic and humorous and terrifying. Surely this will spark many a fabulous book club discussion." -Eowyn Ivey, New York Times bestselling author of The Snow Child



"A deft meditation on loss that plays out levels of consequence on both personal and international stages. Mott allows the magic of his story to unearth a full range of feelings about grief and connection." -Aimee Bender, New York Times bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake




NPR
Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014

Jason Mott's novel The Returned is now an ABC television series called Resurrection, which premieres this weekend. The plot was inspired by a dream Mott had about his mother. More at NPR.org

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