The Returned

By Jason Mott
(Mira Books, Paperback, 9780778317074, 352pp.)

Publication Date: March 2014

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback

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“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
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List


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""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.



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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