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Remember Me Like This: A Novel | [Bret Anthony Johnston]

Remember Me Like This: A Novel

Four years have passed since Justin Campbell’s 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 what’s 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, Justin’s homecoming exposes the deep rifts that have diminished his family.
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Publisher's Summary

A gripping novel with the pace of a thriller but the nuanced characterization and deep empathy of some of the literary canon’s 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 Campbell’s 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 what’s 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, Justin’s 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 Campbells’ hearts. When a reversal of fortune lays bare the family’s greatest fears - and offers perhaps the only hope for recovery - each of them must fight to keep the ties that bind them from permanently tearing apart.

©2014 Bret Anthony Johnston (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"A gripping study of the complexities that follow a traumatic life event.... The reader is transformed into a silent witness alongside the characters." (Nylon)

"It is as a writer that I admire the architecture of Remember Me Like This, the novel’s flawless storytelling. It is as the father of three sons that I vouch for the psychological authenticity of this depiction of any parent’s worst fears. Emotionally, I am with this family as they try to move ahead - embracing ‘the half-known and desperate history’ that they share. I love this novel." (John Irving)

"A sensitive and frequently suspenseful portrait of a family struggling to heal in the aftermath of great trauma." (Booklist)

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    Dana Providence, RI 05-24-14
    Dana Providence, RI 05-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story really only begins with the return of a boy who had disappeared. The author does an incredible job setting up believable characters and the real drama: will each of them and the family as a whole survive the new sets of circumstances that follow from Justin's return?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Remember Me Like This?

    I won't give it away, but the epilogue raises all the right questions and made me want to read it all over again.


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Honestly, I was so focused on the story, I hardly noticed the performance either way. And I mean that as a compliment.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, but I loved the way it drew me in to the characters and their choices, their means of coping with the new situation.


    Any additional comments?

    Really excellent story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-07-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-07-14 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to Remember Me Like This again? Why?

    Yes. This book deals with the complexities of a family whose oldest child is kidnapped and is recovered, alive, 4 years later. All members have jagged edges of guilt, hope, and defeat, both regarding the search for Justin and the aftermath. All question what they could have done differently, and feelings of hatred and anger toward the man who took Justin away.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it didn't have a happy ending, but there were glimmers of hope amidst some of the mess left behind.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    I don't really have one, but Mark Bramhall is a fantastic narrator, and his performance shines in the slow, humid descriptions of a Texas summer.


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