The Returned

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MIRA, Aug 27, 2013 - Fiction - 338 pages
16 Reviews
"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.

  

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Loved the thought-provoking premise. - Goodreads
My only little gripe was with the pacing. - Goodreads
They are a hundred times better than the main plot. - Goodreads
I might skip ahead and have a look at the ending. - Goodreads
It never engaged me, despite the promising premise. - Goodreads

Review: The Returned (The Returned #1)

User Review  - Steffi - Goodreads

What happens if everyone who ever died returns? How does humanity react? Who or what are these Returned? Are they the same people they were before they died? Are they people? These are interesting ... Read full review

Review: The Returned (The Returned #1)

User Review  - Jane - Goodreads

Where I got the book: passed on to me by a friend. Well, it was offered at a book club meeting and I POUNCED. In his Author's Note, Jason Mott tells us that the genesis of this novel was a dream in ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
17
Section 3
19
Section 4
35
Section 5
36
Section 6
47
Section 7
49
Section 8
64
Section 22
166
Section 23
170
Section 24
182
Section 25
184
Section 26
211
Section 27
214
Section 28
231
Section 29
234

Section 9
66
Section 10
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Section 11
80
Section 12
90
Section 13
92
Section 14
106
Section 15
109
Section 16
125
Section 17
127
Section 18
136
Section 19
140
Section 20
154
Section 21
156
Section 30
255
Section 31
257
Section 32
267
Section 33
269
Section 34
293
Section 35
295
Section 36
307
Section 37
309
Section 38
327
Section 39
332
Section 40
339
Section 41
343
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About the author (2013)

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.

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