In his latest novel This Bright River, Patrick Somerville has created something thoroughly modern.

At the start of the novel, Ben Hanson has already served time in jail and drained his million-dollar trust fund. When he returns to his hometown to sell the home of his recently deceased uncle, Ben meets up with Lauren Sheehan, a recent divorcé and failed doctor with a nasty case of PTSD. The novel follows these two deeply flawed characters as they struggle with their past in order to find hope for the future.

Somerville was recently in the news for his classy response to inaccuracies in the New York Times review of the book. Our reviewer says that Somerville is particularly  "adept at unveiling those secrets that families keep hidden, most of all from themselves."

Check out the intriguing book trailer by Hachette Book Group:

Will this novel make your reading list?

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