Remember Me Like This (Paperback)
Texas can be just like anyplace when it comes to family, community,
unspeakable acts and redemption. This book, one of my favorites of the
year, is a warm and wrenching tale of a family whose connection defies
attack. The brothers are so perfectly drawn, you'll think they are your
own children. Johnston writes like a dream.
Texas can be just like anyplace when it comes to family, community, unspeakable acts and redemption. This book, one of my favorites of the year, is a warm and wrenching tale of a family whose connection defies attack. The brothers are so perfectly drawn, you'll think they are your own children. Johnston writes like a dream.— From Betty Recommends...
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The New York Times Book Review Esquire BookPage
A gripping novel with the pace of a thriller but the nuanced characterization and deep empathy of some of the literary canon's most beloved novels, Remember Me Like This introduces Bret Anthony Johnston as one of the most gifted storytellers writing today. With his sophisticated and emotionally taut plot and his shimmering prose, Johnston reveals that only in caring for one another can we save ourselves.
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Four years have passed since Justin Campbell's disappearance, a tragedy that rocked the small town of Southport, Texas. Did he run away? Was he kidnapped? Did he drown in the bay? As the Campbells search for answers, they struggle to hold what's left of their family together.
Then, one afternoon, the impossible happens. The police call to report that Justin has been found only miles away, in the neighboring town, and, most important, he appears to be fine. Though the reunion is a miracle, Justin's homecoming exposes the deep rifts that have diminished his family, the wounds they all carry that may never fully heal. Trying to return to normal, his parents do their best to ease Justin back into his old life. But as thick summer heat takes hold, violent storms churn in the Gulf and in the Campbells hearts. When a reversal of fortune lays bare the family's greatest fears and offers perhaps the only hope for recovery each of them must fight to keep the ties that bind them from permanently tearing apart.
Praise for Remember Me Like This
Enthralling . . . an] exquisitely moral mystery of how we struggle to accept and love the people we call family. The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)
I love this novel. John Irving
An achingly beautiful and psychologically insightful portrait of a family . . . a] fully immersive novel in which the language is luminous and the delivery almost flawless. The Boston Globe
Riveting . . . The novel] flows like it was plotted by Dennis Lehane but feels like it was written by Jonathan Franzen. Esquire
Tremendously moving . . . There's real humanity in Johnston's writing, and it's heartening to spend time with these folks as they relearn how to be a family. Ron Charles, The Washington Post
Deeply empathetic and masterfully constructed . . . a novel that has both the feel of a great epic and the focused intensity of standing on a highwire. Salon
About the Author
Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a best book of the year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times, and the editor of Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the director of creative writing."