A riveting novel of feeling and suspense in which grief and
punishment become tragically intertwined.
At the close of a beautiful summer day near the quiet
Connecticut town where they live, the Learner family—Ethan and Grace, their
children, Josh and Emma—stop at a gas station on their way home from a concert.
Josh Learner, lost in a ten-year-old’s private world, is standing at the edge
of the road when a car comes racing around the bend. He is hit and instantly
killed. The car speeds away.
From this moment forward, Reservation Road becomes a
harrowing countdown to the confrontation between two very different men. The
hit-and-run driver is a small-town lawyer named Dwight Arno, a man in desperate
need of a second chance. Dwight is also the father of a ten-year-old boy, who
was asleep in the car the night Josh Learner was killed. Now Dwight must decide
whether to run from his crime or to pay the price for what he did. Ethan
Learner, a respected professor of literature at a small New England college,
has seen his orderly world shattered in a single moment, yet persists in the
belief that he can find the unknown man who killed his son. Behind their
stories are those of eight-year-old Emma, who can't stop thinking her brother's
death was her fault, and of Grace, who must find the strength to keep herself
and her family together, and to be the mother Emma so badly needs.
In a gripping narrative woven from the voices of Ethan,
Dwight, and Grace, Reservation Road
tells the story of two ordinary families facing an extraordinary crisis—a book
that reads like a thriller but opens up a world rich with psychological nuance
and emotional wisdom. Reservation Road explores the terrain of grief
even as it astonishes with unexpected redemption: powerful and wrenching and
impossible to put down.
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