The Book Cellar
Patrick Somerville, author of the short story collections Trouble and The Universe in Miniature in Miniature (recently optioned by Steve Carrell's production company), and the novel The Cradle, called a "magical debut" by the Chicago Sun-Times (we agree with them. BIGTIME.) will be here reading from and discussing his new novel, set in his home state of Wisconsin.
But don't take ours or Levar Burton's word for it, here's what the critics have to say:
Somerville, the author of two funny, innovative short story collections and an impressive first novel, The Cradle (2009), takes a quantum leap in his torrential second novel, which is set in his home state of Wisconsin…Somerville has a gift for spurring dialogue, and the meandering narrative tributaries he explores stoke our curiosity and build suspense as he crosses the wilderness of madness and bloodshed, lies and loyalty, courage and love in this by turns rolling and raging river of a novel.
-Booklist (Starred Review)
This Bright River is nothing short of extraordinary. Somerville has a gift for writing gorgeous prose, complete with sharp humor and a perfect sense of place. But that’s only half the story. There’s also a great romance here and a shocking set of mysteries that get untangled along the way. Addictive, amazing, unforgettable.
-J. Courtney Sullivan, bestselling author of Maine
Serpentine and hypnotic, This Bright River depicts two vivid characters knocked hard by life, on a perilous journey that reveals the weight and pull of family history. The result is a novel that is both intimate and mysterious, harrowing and brave.
-Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me
This Bright River is a flood of virtuoso prose and characterization. Mystery, memory, pain, and a courageous strand of love are interwoven in a riveting narrative of voices, all singing, all merging into the singular vision of one of American literature’s young masters.
-Nic Pizzolatto, author of Galveston