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Four years have passed since Justin Campbell’s disappearance, a tragedy that rocked the small town of Southport, Texas. Did he run away? Was he kidnapped? Did he drown in the bay? As the Campbells search for answers, they struggle to hold what’s left of their family together.

Then, one afternoon, the impossible happens. The police call to report that Justin has been found just miles away, in the neighboring town, and, most importantly, he appears to be fine. Though the reunion is a miracle, Justin’s homecoming exposes the deep rifts that have diminished his family, the wounds they all carry that may never fully heal. Trying to return to normal, his parents do their best to ease Justin back into his old life. But as thick summer heat takes hold, violent storms churn in the gulf and in the Campbells’ hearts. When a reversal of fortune lays bare the family’s greatest fears—and offers perhaps the only hope for recovery—each of them must fight to keep the ties that bind them from permanently tearing apart.

A gripping novel with the pace of a thriller but the nuanced characterization and deep empathy of some of literature’s most beloved novels, Remember Me Like This introduces Bret Anthony Johnston as one of the most gifted storytellers writing today. With his sophisticated and emotionally taut plot and his shimmering prose, Johnston reveals that only in caring for one another can we save ourselves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Enthralling . . . [an] exquisitely moral mystery of how we struggle to accept and love the people we call family. The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)
  • You could say that this book is ripped from the headlines, but that wouldn’t be fair. Bret Anthony Johnston’s riveting novel picks up where the tabloids leave off, and takes us places even the best journalism can’t go. Remember Me Like This is a wise, moving, and troubling novel about family and identity, and a clear-eyed inventory of loss and redemption. Tom Perrotta
  • Both devastating and transporting, this is the rare novel a reader lives in, so persuasive is the impact, the insight, the heat of south Texas. Amy Hempel
  • This mesmerizing story of loss and redemption on Texas’s Gulf Coast will take you in and hold you and not let go until it’s done with you, leaving you wiping at your eyes with the kind of soul-gratitude that comes only after experiencing true art. Andre Dubus III
  • A brilliantly rendered portrait of a family in the aftermath of trauma . . . Beautifully crafted and so suspenseful you cannot look away, this is a novel as much about what is hidden as what is revealed; the balancing act is nothing short of masterly. Jill McCorkle
  • It is as a writer that I admire the architecture of Remember Me Like This, the novel’s flawless storytelling. It is as the father of three sons that I vouch for the psychological authenticity of this depiction of any parent’s worst fears. Emotionally, I am with this family as they try to move ahead—embracing ‘the half-known and desperate history’ that they share. I love this novel. John Irving
  • An achingly beautiful and psychologically insightful portrait of a family . . . [a] fully immersive novel in which the language is luminous and the delivery almost flawless. The Boston Globe
     
  • Riveting . . . [The novel] flows like it was plotted by Dennis Lehane but feels like it was written by Jonathan Franzen. Esquire
  • Tremendously moving . . . There’s real humanity in [Bret Anthony] Johnston’s writing, and it’s heartening to spend time with these folks as they relearn how to be a family. Ron Charles, The Washington Post
  • Deeply empathetic and masterfully constructed . . . a novel that has both the feel of a great epic and the focused intensity of standing on a highwire. Salon
  • A gripping study of the complexities that follow a traumatic life event . . . The reader is transformed into a silent witness alongside the characters. Nylon
  • [Johnston’s] first novel is so spellbinding, so moving, that one’s only complaint is that we had to wait ten years to read it. . . . Johnston is a master at creating honest portraits of family members that could easily be your neighbor. Make no mistake about it: Bret Anthony Johnston is a writer to watch. BookPage
  • [A] strong debut . . . Johnston has a talent for drawing well-rounded characters. . . . This is a convincing and uplifting portrait of a family in crisis. Publishers Weekly
  • An admirable achievement . . . The story starts where other stories might end. . . . [Readers] will find their expectations continually defied as characters refuse to follow a formulaic plot trajectory. . . . This is ultimately an uplifting reading experience owing to the believable love and warmth of the family. Library Journal (starred review)
  • A sensitive and frequently suspenseful portrait of a family struggling to heal in the aftermath of great trauma. Booklist
  • In this deeply nuanced portrait of an American family, Bret Anthony Johnston fearlessly explores the truth behind a mythic happy ending. In Remember Me Like This, Johnston presents an incisive dismantling of an all-too-comforting fallacy: that in being found we are no longer lost. Alice Sebold
  • “It is as a writer that I admire the architecture of Remember Me Like This, the novel’s flawless storytelling. It is as the father of three sons that I vouch for the psychological authenticity of this depiction of any parent’s worst fears. Emotionally, I am with this family as they try to move ahead—embracing ‘the half-known and desperate history’ that they share. I love this novel.”

    John Irving, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “This mesmerizing story of loss and redemption on Texas’ Gulf Coast will take you in and hold you and not let go until it’s done with you, leaving you wiping at your eyes with the kind of soul gratitude that comes only after experiencing true art.”

    Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author

  • “I know the novel you’re looking for. It’s the thriller that also has interesting sentences. It’s the one with the driving plot but fully realized characters as well, the one that flows like it was plotted by Dennis Lehane but feels like it was written by Jonathan Franzen…. It’s a surprisingly rare breed…Fortunately, there’s Bret Anthony Johnston’s Remember Me Like This…The book is riveting, with the elements of suspense neatly folded into an elegant series of interlocking arcs…There is nowhere you want to stop.”

    Esquire

  • “[A] riveting first novel…[and] a one-sitting read.”

    Better Homes and Gardens

  • “Despite the dark subject matter, this is ultimately an uplifting reading experience owing to the believable love and warmth of the family, with all their flaws and weaknesses.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “In Johnston’s strong debut, it’s been four years since young son Justin disappeared, and during that time the Campbell family in southern Texas has been slowly crumbling under the strain of their grief…A convincing and uplifting portrait of a family in crisis.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Debut novelist Johnston…has crafted a sensitive and frequently suspenseful portrait of a family struggling to heal in the aftermath of great trauma.”

    Booklist

  • “[This] first novel is so spellbinding, so moving, that one’s only complaint is that we had to wait ten years to read it…It is the way Johnston reveals Justin’s painful ordeal in increments and through the eyes and ears of his family members that makes this tale so emotionally powerful. Johnston is a master at creating honest portraits of family members that could easily be your neighbor. Make no mistake about it: Bret Anthony Johnston is a writer to watch.”

    BookPage

  • Longlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
  • Selected for the 2014 Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A BookPage Top Pick, May 2014
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice August 2014
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2014
  • A 2014 New York Times Notable Book
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