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Thursday, August 27, 2009

ARC Arrival: The Embers by Hyatt Bass

The Embers: A Novel by Hyatt Bass

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

About the book: A once-charmed family is forced to confront the devastating tragedy that struck it years ago in this fiercely tender tale of betrayal and reconciliation.

Engaged to the man she loves, Emily Ascher stands on the brink of a new life. But a ring on a finger can somehow change everything, and with the promise of new love settling into old comes a difficult look at how her family has been torn apart in the many years since her brother died. Her parents have long since divorced, and her father, Joe, a famous actor and playwright, carries the blame for his son's death--but what really happened on that winter night? Why has he been unable to clear his name, or even discuss that evening with Emily and her mother?

As spring looms--and with it Emily's wedding in the Berkshires and the unveiling of Joe's first new play since the tragedy--each Ascher begins to reevaluate the events of long ago, finally facing the truth of his or her own culpability in them. Moving between past and present over the course of sixteen years, and interweaving the perspectives of a father, mother, and daughter who finally summon the courage to put the pieces of their lives back together, The Embers is a masterful debut novel of buried secrets and deep regrets that threaten to crush a family while bonding its members irrevocably. (book jacket)

About the author: Hyatt Bass wrote, directed, and produced the film 75 Degrees in July, which was released in 2006. The Embers is her first novel. (book jacket)

The Embers
Publisher/Publication Date: Henry Holt & Company, June 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8994-3
304 pages

1 comment:

Sheila Deeth said...

This sounds like something I'd really enjoy. Lots of tracing from present to past.


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