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The Returned

by Jason Mott

Harlequin | August 27, 2013 | Hardcover

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A People Magazine Pick and an instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

"Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That''s what all the Returned were."  

Harold and Lucille Hargrave''s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they''ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. 

All over the world people''s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it''s a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he''s their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human. 

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.

Praise for The Returned

"Mott's haunting debut…is a crackling page turner."—People Magazine Pick, Four Stars

"An impressive debut novel." —USA Today

"One of the most emotionally resonant works in many seasons." —Essence Magazine

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0778315339

ISBN - 13: 9780778315339

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The Returned

The Returned

by Jason Mott

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0778315339

ISBN - 13: 9780778315339

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ONE Harold opened the door that day to find a dark-skinned man in a well-cut suit smiling at him. At first he thought of reaching for his shotgun, but then he remembered that Lucille had made him sell it years ago on account of an incident involving a traveling preacher and an argument having to do with hunting dogs. "Can I help you?" Harold said, squinting in the sunlight—light which only made the dark-skinned man in the suit look darker. "Mr. Hargrave?" the man said. "I suppose," Harold replied. "Who is it, Harold?" Lucille called. She was in the living room being vexed by the television. The news announcer was talking about Edmund Blithe, the first of the Returned, and how his life had changed now that he was alive again. "Better the second time around?" the announcer on the television asked, speaking directly into the camera, laying the burden of answering squarely on the shoulders of his viewers. The wind rustled through the oak tree in the yard near the house, but the sun was low enough that it drove horizontally beneath the branches and into Harold's eyes. He held a hand over his eyes like a visor, but still, the dark-skinned man and the boy were little more than silhouettes plastered against a green-and-blue backdrop of pine trees beyond the open yard and cloudless sky out past the trees. The man was thin, but square-framed in his manicured suit. The boy was small for what Harold estimated to be about the age of eight o
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A People Magazine Pick and an instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

"Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That''s what all the Returned were."  

Harold and Lucille Hargrave''s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they''ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. 

All over the world people''s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it''s a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he''s their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human. 

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.

Praise for The Returned

"Mott's haunting debut…is a crackling page turner."—People Magazine Pick, Four Stars

"An impressive debut novel." —USA Today

"One of the most emotionally resonant works in many seasons." —Essence Magazine

About the Author

Jason Mott holds a BA in fiction and an MFA in poetry and is the author of two poetry collections. His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals, and he was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. Jason lives in North Carolina.

Editorial Reviews

"Thought-provoking, occasionally dreamlike...Mott''s story of literal life after death will catch readers by their hearts and capture their imaginations....Grab this book as soon as you possibly can."
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