Remember Me Like This

Remember Me Like This

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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Incisive, haunting, and beautifully written, Bret Anthony Johnston's debut novel lays bare a family's hope and heartbreak in the aftermath of a devastating crime. Remember Me Like This explores the nature of love and forgiveness when a kidnapped son is returned home. Advance praise for Remember Me Like This "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 "In this deeply nuanced portrait of an American family, Bret Anthony Johnston fearlessly explores the truth behind a mythic happy ending. He presents an incisive dismantling of an all-too-comforting fallacy: that in being found we are no longer lost."'Alice Sebold "You could say that this book is ripped from the headlines, but that wouldn't be fair. Bret Anthony Johnston's riveting novel picks up where the tabloids leave off, and takes us places even the best journalism can't go. Remember Me Like This is a wise, moving, and troubling novel about family and identity, and a clear-eyed inventory of loss and redemption."'Tom Perrotta "In Remember Me Like This, Bret Anthony Johnston paints a brilliantly rendered portrait of a family in the aftermath of trauma. Beautifully crafted and so suspenseful you cannot look away, this is a novel as much about what is hidden as what is revealed; the balancing act is nothing short of masterly."'Jill McCorkle "Both devastating and transporting, this is the rare novel a reader lives in, so persuasive is the impact, the insight, the heat of south Texas."'Amy Hempel "This mesmerizing story of loss and redemption on Texas's Gulf Coast will take you in and hold you and not let go until it's done with you, leaving you wiping at your eyes with the kind of soul-gratitude that comes only after experiencing true art."'Andre Dubus III.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2014]
Copyright Date: © 2014
ISBN: 9780812996166
081299616X
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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JCLBryanV Mar 07, 2017

Bret Anthony Johnston’s debut novel, Remember Me Like This, is not a thriller in the traditional sense. The elements are all here: a kidnapping, a possible murder, a family in turmoil. But to Johnston’s credit, his novel is partly about thwarting expectations—mostly the reader’s, and not always in ways that we’re accustomed to. Readers willing to let this story play out with patience will be rewarded with an uncommonly tender and realistic depiction of a family hanging by an emotional thread. Fans of Emma Donohue’s "Room" will find much to like in Remember Me Like This.

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GrinBig
Feb 24, 2016

I read this book in less than a week. The characters were interesting and the writing was descriptive. It painted a picture. The prologue to this book begins the reader's reading-journey on edge. The story is dark, but not gruesome. At times, I didn't want to finish, but I'm glad I did. Well done!

athompson10 Jul 18, 2015

I was bored for much of this book. The characters aren't well-drawn or particularly likeable, and only Cecil the grandfather and Fiona the girlfriend were interesting. Jacquelyn Mitchard's "The Deep End of the Ocean" covered this subject with more heart and a lot less wordiness.

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rdw39
Mar 16, 2015

I thought this book was well written & the character development of the entire family was also well developed. The father & mother were good parents, but one disturbing factor was the father didn't exhibit any remorse for his extra marital affair & continued even after the return of his son.

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mztory
Mar 15, 2015

This was the story of a family coping with the return of an abducted son after 4 years. I thought it was well written and will look forward to reading more of this author's work.

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becker
Feb 01, 2015

This book is about the emotional impact on a family when one of their children who has been missing for four years is found and returns home. I thought the author handled this ugly subject very tastefully. Gruesome details of the abduction experience were cleverly omitted while still allowing the reader to understand the trauma of not only the family, but the whole town. Well done.

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bjwatkins
Sep 09, 2014

Clearly a good writer, but needed editing, a good story made much too wordy and long to hold one's attention.

smc01 Aug 12, 2014

This is Johnston's first novel; he wrote two previous short story collections. He is the director of creative writing at Harvard, and his skills don't disappoint. These characters are real, and the pain they feel and difficulties they face are achingly and realistically described. We hear about kidnap victims returning to their families - but then what? This novel answers that question, and gives us hope that the victim and his family can recover, though the journey is difficult. I look forward to more of his writing.

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