For fans of Jodi Picoult and Sue Miller, a dark, edgy, page-turning debut about the lengths one woman will travel to escape her past.
After a ten-year absence, Alex "Cat" Rucker returns to her Ohio hometown because of a letter left on her mother's kitchen tablea suicide note, carefully preserved in a Ziploc bag, that reads:
"He isn't who you think he is. Love, Mom"
Thus opens this stunning debut novel from author Teri Coyne, who, with wry humor and sharp wit, follows Alex's journey through the traumatic experiences of her youth and the haze of her adult life.
While Alex tries to repress the memories of her brutal childhoodan abusive father, her estranged (and possibly illegitimate) brother, and the first love who would do anything to save hershe must face just how shattered she still is. At each step Alex confronts her biggest fears, realizes the impact of her choices, and inches closer to redemption. Can she embrace her vulnerabilities, talents, and desire for love, or will the revelations of her mother's cryptic note prove too overwhelming for her to bear?
The Last Bridge is a perfect blend of suspense, despair, and romanceand at its heart lies the question: are we a product of our experiences or our choices?
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"Coyne's compelling debut shines an unnerving light on the fallout from a childhood rooted in abuse ... Coyne's prose effortlessly carries the reader through a thorny history and into possible redemption." - Publishers Weekly
"Coyne's debut novel is a psychological tour de force, a disturbing yet ultimately redemptive tale of the burden of secrets and the tenacity of love." - Booklist
"Coyne's sure-handed debut wrings new insight from the over-exploited topics of incest and domestic violence." - Kirkus Reviews
"Teri Coyne grabbed me from the first page and never let me go. I read through the night until I came to the last lovely chapter. The Last Bridge is a whirlwind of a book." - Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Forgive Me
"Teri Coyne has created a hypnotic portrait of an American family under attack from within, told with such unflinching honesty that you cannot take your eyes off the page. Not since Bastard Out of Carolina have we seen the breathtaking courage it takes to survive and triumph after paying the price of dark secrets corroding the heart of a family. Cat stings you with her caustic tongue, makes you laugh out loud with her wild humor, brings you to tears with the revelation of her trials, and finally lifts you to your feet as she fights her way free to love again. This is a tough, rewarding read you'll never forget." - Jonis Agee, author of The River Wife
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Teri Coyne is an alumna of New York University. In addition to writing fiction, Teri performed stand-up comedy for many years and has written several short films. The Last Bridge is her first novel. She lives in New York City.
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