The Cradle: A Novel

Paperback | April 12, 2010

byPatrick Somerville

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From a writer and producer of HBO's hit apocalyptic drama seriesThe Leftovers, comes a remarkable tale of devotion, marriage, and parenthood.

Early one summer morning, Matthew Bishop kisses his still-sleeping wife Marissa, gets dressed and eases his truck through Milwaukee, bound for the highway. His wife, pregnant with their first child, has asked him to find the antique cradle taken years before by her mother Caroline when she abandoned Marissa, never to contact her daughter again. Soon to be a mother herself, Marissa now dreams of nothing else but bringing her baby home to the cradle she herself slept in. His wife does not know-does notwantto know-where her mother lives, but Matt has an address for Caroline's sister near by and with any luck, he will be home in time for dinner.

Only as Matt tries to track down his wife's mother, he discovers that Caroline, upon leaving Marissa, has led a life increasingly plagued by impulse and irrationality, a mysterious life that grows more inexplicable with each new lead Matt gains, and door he enters. As hours turn into days and Caroline's trail takes Matt from Wisconsin to Minnesota, Illinois, and beyond in search of the cradle, Matt makes a discovery that will forever change Marissa's life, and faces a decision that will challenge everything he has ever known.

Elegant and astonishing, Patrick Somerville tells the story of one man's journey into the heart of marriage, parenthood, and what it means to be a family. Confirming the arrival of an exuberantly talented new writer, THE CRADLE is an uniquely imaginative debut novel that radiates with wisdom and wonder.

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From a writer and producer of HBO's hit apocalyptic drama seriesThe Leftovers, comes a remarkable tale of devotion, marriage, and parenthood.Early one summer morning, Matthew Bishop kisses his still-sleeping wife Marissa, gets dressed and eases his truck through Milwaukee, bound for the highway. His wife, pregnant with their first chil...

Patrick Somerville is the author of two novels--This Bright RiverandThe Cradle--and two books of short stories--TroubleandThe Universe in Miniature in Miniature.He is also a writer and producer on HBO's acclaimed drama seriesThe Leftovers. He lives with his wife and son in Chicago, and he teaches creative writing in the MFA programs at...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 12, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316036110

ISBN - 13:9780316036115

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"With highly charged lyricism and dramatic concision, Somerville gracefully illuminates what children need, all that war demands, and how amends are made and sorrows are woven into the intricate tapestry of life."-Booklist