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The Year That Follows

by Scott Lasser

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The Year That Follows by Scott Lasser
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2009
    256 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Cat is a single mother living in Detroit when her brother is killed in New York, and she sets off in search of his child. Her search is still under way when she gets a call from her father. Sam is eighty and carrying the weight of a secret he has kept from her all her life. He asks Cat to visit him in California, intending to make his peace.

Cat's journey—toward her father, and her brother's infant son—and Sam's journey toward his daughter, his lost son, and a new relationship to both his future and his past are woven into this superbly realized novel about families and the mysteries and ambiguities that inhere in our most primal relations. The result is a deeply stirring work that explores the complexities of home and heritage, and the bonds that even death is powerless to diminish..

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"The numerous sappy passages don't do any favors for a book with an already maudlin premise." - Publishers Weekly

"The book clarifies the importance of family and shows us that what really matters after a tragedy is 'the year that follows' - how we deal with the consequences. There are few books this reviewer is compelled to finish in one sitting, and this was one of them." - Library Journal

"Starred Review. A novel with barely a wasted word or an emotion that doesn't ring true." - Kirkus Reviews

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Scott Lasser

Scott Lasser is a graduate of Dartmouth College, the University of Michigan, and the Wharton School. His novels include Battle Creek and All I Could Get. A native of Detroit, he lives with his family in Aspen, Colorado.

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