The Bright Forever

The Bright Forever

A Novel

eBook - 2005
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A painful, agonizing tale of guilt and loss, a tragedy told with all the tortured wisdom of hindsight and plenty of psychological damage to go around. On a sleepy summer evening in a tiny Indiana town in the 1970s, nine-year-old Katie Mackey rushes out of her house and hops on her bike to return an overdue library book - never to return. Narrated with thirty years of retrospective by Henry Dees, the reclusive, lonely math tutor who had been giving Katie summer lessons, Martin's narrative plunges into the minds of each of its characters in order to reveal the darkness behind the pastoral facade. Katie's father, Junior, owns the glassworks that employs a sizeable portion of the town's residents. Her family is akin to royalty in this simple world, envied by many for what seems to be a picture-perfect life. But pictures are only snapshots of reality, and only capture moments, not the entirety of existence. In this case, the reality is that Katie's family will never see her alive again - and the guilt crashes in on all of them, as well as many others. Because Martin's point isn't so much the mystery as it is the anguish: the mental instant replay that constantly has people saying "if only."
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307238160
Characteristics: 269 p. ;,25 cm


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Mar 02, 2017

Writes wonderful short fiction. A Man Looking for Trouble is my Fave.

Jul 26, 2011

this book for me was abit boring especially in the beginning

Feb 11, 2009

I really liked the way this was written. I felt for each of the characters, could understand their motivations, even for the deeds which were not "pure" or virtuous. Terrible to imagine losing a child.

Dec 06, 2007

Finalist of the 2006 Pulitzer prize for fiction.

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