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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review bull Esquire bull BookPageA gripping novel with the pace of a thriller but the nuanced characterization and deep empathy of some of the literary canonrsquos most beloved novels Remember Me Like This introduces Bret Anthony Johnston as one of the most gifted storytellers writing today With his sophisticated and emotionally taut plot and his shimmering prose Johnston reveals that only in caring for one another can we save ourselves Four years have passed since Justin Campbellrsquos disappearance a tragedy that rocked the small town of Southport Texas Did he run away Was he kidnapped Did he drown in the bay As the Campbells search for answers they struggle to hold whatrsquos left of their family together Then one afternoon the impossible happens The police call to report that Justin has been found only miles away in the neighboring town and most important he appears to be fine Though the reunion is a miracle Justinrsquos homecoming exposes the deep rifts that have diminished his family the wounds they all carry that may never fully heal Trying to return to normal his parents do their best to ease Justin back into his old life But as thick summer heat takes hold violent storms churn in the Gulf and in the Campbellsrsquo hearts When a reversal of fortune lays bare the familyrsquos greatest fearsmdashand offers perhaps the only hope for recoverymdasheach of them must fight to keep the ties that bind them from permanently tearing apart Praise for Remember Me Like This ldquoEnthralling an exquisitely moral mystery of how we struggle to accept and love the people we call familyrdquomdashThe New York Times Book Review Editorrsquos Choice ldquoI love this novelrdquomdashJohn Irving ldquoAn achingly beautiful and psychologically insightful portrait of a family a fully immersive novel in which the language is luminous and the delivery almost flawlessrdquomdashThe Boston Globe ldquoRiveting The novel flows like it was plotted by Dennis Lehane but feels like it was written by Jonathan FranzenrdquomdashEsquire ldquoTremendously moving Therersquos real humanity in Johnstonrsquos writing and itrsquos heartening to spend time with these folks as they relearn how to be a familyrdquomdashRon Charles The Washington Post ldquoDeeply empathetic and masterfully constructed a novel that has both the feel of a great epic and the focused intensity of standing on a highwirerdquomdashSalon.



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