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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Martin Narrator: Bo Foxworth, Kirby Heyborne, Leonardo Leoncavallo, Susan Denake Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On an evening like any other, nine-year-old Katie Mackey, daughter of the most affluent family in a small town on the plains of Indiana, sets out on her bicycle to return some library books.

This simple act is at the heart of The Bright Forever, a suspenseful, deeply affecting novel about the choices people make that change their lives forever. Keeping fact, speculation, and contradiction playing off one another as the details unfold, author Lee Martin creates a fast-paced story that is as gripping as it is richly human. His beautiful, clear-eyed prose builds to an extremely nuanced portrayal of the complicated give and take among people struggling to maintain their humanity in the shadow of a loss.

Reminiscent of books such as The Little Friend and The Lovely Bones, but most memorable for its own perceptions and power, The Bright Forever is a compelling and emotional tale about the human need to know even the hardest truth.

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  • A 2006 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peggy Walker | 2/19/2014

    " Evidently, this book was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, which surprised me somewhat. The town and locals of that era were painted very well, and I could see the "light" and feel the heat of the days covered by the story. The story is told by several narrators, and each has a recognizable voice, and they tell the story well. There is some jumping around in time, but it is still easy to follow. It illustrates how one tiny thing...Gilley tattling that his sister didn't return her library books...can trigger a whole series of events. However, there wasn't going to be a good outcome in this situation. Obsession rarely has a good end. It was a good read, but not as spectacular as I might have expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marie Mengel | 2/17/2014

    " I found myself wanting the book to hurry up and get to the ending...I seemed to be impatient to let it all unravel- so it took me awhile to get through because I kept putting it down; however, I did think it was a well written novel. There were many lines in the story that I found myself thinking that it was good writing and that it was honest. I liked the intricate parts that were woven into the story about the different characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book. Great to get so many perspectives on life in a small southern town. Lots of topics you could discuss in book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ladyjexie | 1/28/2014

    " Artfully combines morality, psychology and suspense. Beautifully written "

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