The Bright Forever - Lee Martin

Sunday, November 15, 2009
On an evening like any other, nine-year-old Katie Mackey, daughter of the most affluent family in a small town on the plains of Indiana, sets out on her bicycle to return some library books.

This simple act is at the heart of The Bright Forever, a suspenseful, deeply affecting novel about the choices people make that change their lives forever. Keeping fact, speculation, and contradiction playing off one another as the details unfold, author Lee Martin creates a fast-paced story that is as gripping as it is richly human. His beautiful, clear-eyed prose builds to an extremely nuanced portrayal of the complicated give and take among people struggling to maintain their humanity in the shadow of a loss.

This book is about a little girl named Katie who was kidnapped in the 1960's-1970's time frame. The book has about five main characters: Mr. Dees (Katie's tutor), Ray (Mr. Dees friend), Clare (Ray's wife), Gilley (Katie's brother), and Junior (Katie's father). They all are intertwined with this kidnapping and it was really interesting to see how they came together and the interactions between them. It was an excellent read and I couldn't put it down because I just HAD to know what happened next. I love books like that! Definitely a favorite and definitely recommend it!



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