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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (414 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Burnham Schwartz Narrator: Robertson Dean, Chuck Carrington, Rebecca Lowman, Kim Mai Guest, Amanda Carlin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The New York Times Book Review called Reservation Road “a triumph,” and the novel was universally acclaimed. Now, in a brilliant literary performance by one of our most compelling and compassionate writers, John Burnham Schwartz reintroduces us to Reservation Road’s unforgettable characters in a superb new work of fiction that stands magnificently on its own. Northwest Corner is a riveting story about the complex, fierce, ultimately inspiring resilience of families in the face of life’s most difficult and unexpected challenges.

Twelve years after a tragic accident and a cover-up that led to prison time, Dwight Arno, now fifty, is a man who has started over without exactly moving on. Living alone in California, haunted yet keeping his head down, Dwight manages a sporting goods store and dates a woman to whom he hasn’t revealed the truth about his past. Then an unexpected arrival throws his carefully neutralized life into turmoil and exposes all that he’s hidden.

Sam, Dwight’s estranged college-age son, has shown up without warning, fleeing a devastating incident in his own life. In its way, Sam’s sense of guilt is as crushing as his father’s. As the two men are forced to confront their similar natures and their half-buried hopes for connection, they must also search for redemption and love. In turn, they dramatically transform the lives of the women around them: the ex-wives, mothers, and lovers they have turned to in their desperate attempts to somehow rewrite, outrun, or eradicate the past.

Told in the resonant voices of everyday people gripped in the emotional riptide of lived life, Northwest Corner is at once tough and heart-lifting, an urgent, powerful story about family bonds that can never be broken and the wayward roads that lead us back to those we love.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janine | 2/14/2014

    " I picked this book up when Borders closed it's doors, knowing nothing of the author or Reservation Road. This book is another story of the lives of the characters from Reservation Road, and while it can, in fact, stand on it's own I believe I missed something by getting to know the characters through the other book. There was a depth to the relationships in this story that I just didn't feel was substantiated in the story itself. It wasn't good enough to make me stay up late and finish, but it was good enough that I'll probably go back and read Reservation Road. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristen Morris | 2/3/2014

    " Excellent follow up to Reservation Road. Stark, dismal character study. If you like dark, sullen and moody, this book is for you. To sum up: are a father's sins genetic? Will they repeat in the son? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Seed | 1/13/2014

    " At first the multiple point of views were difficult to follow, but I quickly caught on to them. So true to life how children can imitate their parents and the bond that exists. Truly enjoyed this book. Immediately downloaded the prequel, Reservation Road upon completion. Definitely worth re-reading too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doris Bright | 12/21/2013

    " A tragic story of how one moment can can shatter someone's life and the gripping effects of the family. The short quick chapters flow smoothly and very real characterizations that are intriquitly connected. "

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