Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in
Published: March 25, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0778317072
ISBN - 13: 9780778317074
Read from the Book
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 or nine.
From the Publisher
Harold and Lucille Hargrave''s lives have been both joyful and
sorrowful in the decades since their eight-year-old son, Jacob,
died tragically in 1966. In their old age they''ve settled
comfortably into life without him
. Until one day Jacob
mysteriously appears on their doorstepflesh and blood, still eight
All over the world people''s loved ones are returning from beyond.
No one knows how or why, 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 as chaos erupts around the globe,
the newly reunited family finds itself at the center of a community
on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new
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.
About the Author
Jason Mott received a BFA in fiction and an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction have appeared in various journals including Prick of the Spindle, The Thomas Wolfe Review, The Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets, Measure and Chautauqua. His works include two poetry collections, We Call This Thing Between Us Love and Hide Behind Me, and the novel The Returned.