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Publisher's Summary

On an evening like any other, 9-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.

Reminiscent of books such as The Little Friend and The Lovely Bones, but most memorable for its own perceptions and power, The Bright Forever is a compelling and emotional tale about the human need to know even the hardest truth.

©2005 Lee Martin; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Martin's novel is hard to put down." (Booklist)
"Rich details and raw emotion mix as Martin, in engaging the human desire to excavate the truth, underscores its complex, elusive nature." (Publishers Weekly)

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Beautiful and very sad

Beautifully written, a small town tragedy. Each character has suffered loss and lonliness. Highly recommended if you like character-driven stories. Just be warned that it is very sad.
Narrators are:
Susan Deneker
Bo Foxworth
Kirby Heybourne
Lee Leon Cavalough
All the narrators were excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Diane
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 01-02-12

A little sad

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Over-all the time listening to the book was well-spent, but I would not recommend it to others. Although well-written, I did not like the plot.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Martin again?

Yes.

Which scene was your favorite?

No comment.

Did The Bright Forever inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

No

0 of 2 people found this review helpful