Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in
Published: August 27, 2013
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0778315339
ISBN - 13: 9780778315339
Read from the Book
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 sunlightlight 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
From the Publisher
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 doorstepflesh 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
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."
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.
"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