Strange But True: A Novel by John SearlesStrange But True: A Novel by John Searles

Strange But True: A Novel

byJohn Searles

Paperback | June 14, 2005

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After a mysterious fall from his New York City apartment, Philip Chase has moved back home with his mother, Charlene, a bitter woman who has never fully accepted the death of her younger son, Ronnie, five years earlier. Numb from watching too much television, rereading a tragic biography, and trading snipes with his mother, Philip is in stasis.

But everything changes late one windy February night when Ronnie's high school girlfriend shows up on their doorstep. A sad young woman who still bears the scars of the accident that took Ronnie's life on the night of their prom, Melissa has unexpectedly found hope. She is nine months pregnant. And the father, she claims, is Ronnie.

So begins this startling tale, which moves from one breathless surprise to another as Philip and his mother confront not only Melissa's past but their own. Their desperate search for answers takes them on a poignant and emotional journey, ultimately placing them in the path of murder and revenge.

At once a moving story of redemption and a heart-stopping work of suspense, Strange but True confirms John Searles's place among the most gifted voices of his generation. Beautifully written and charged with a sublime wit, the novel brings to vibrant life a cast of characters that no reader will forget.

John Searles is the Deputy Editor of Cosmopolitan where he oversees all book coverage for the magazine.His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times and other national magazines and newspapers.He lives in New York City.
Title:Strange But True: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:June 14, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060721790

ISBN - 13:9780060721794

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from addictive I could literally not put this book down. I read it in just over 24 hours. Twisted, unpredictable and totally left me totally devistated that there wasn't more to read. A book I will never regret owning and one I will read more than once.
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing Above the Ordinary All in all the book is entertaining, yet from all the reviews that Ive read, I was mislead what to expect. The author has a main plot and interwvoen are many smaller sub plots (which sometimes work or don't work in his favour). The novel has nothing to do with strange but true ... more a foolish misunderstanding. Yet the book was an enjoyable read, some characters (the minor ones) have a good snap to them and I loved reading those pages. Basically the book is about coping wih a death and healing. If you read this book, and enjoyed the idea of it, another great pick is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (which is absolutely amazing).
Date published: 2005-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Captivating I could not put this book down nor could I stop talking about it to friends. The novel takes you through the life of a young girl who finds herself pregnant with her dead boyfriends baby. From this discription it sounds like a cheesy talk show, but it is so much more then that. The twists and turns throughout the novel had me gasping outloud. I reccomend the book to just about everyone.
Date published: 2005-06-27

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