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A riveting novel of feeling and suspense in which grief and punishment become tragically intertwined.

        At the close of a beautiful summer day near the quiet Connecticut town where they live, the Learner family--Ethan and Grace, their children, Josh and Emma--stop at a gas station on their way home from a concert. Josh Learner, lost in a ten-year-old's private world, is standing at the edge of the road when a car comes racing around the bend. He is hit and instantly killed. The car speeds away.

        From this moment forward, Reservation Road becomes a harrowing countdown to the confrontation between two very different men. The hit-and-run driver is a small-town lawyer named Dwight Arno, a man in desperate need of a second chance. Dwight is also the father of a ten-year-old boy, who was asleep in the car the night Josh Learner was killed. Now Dwight must decide whether to run from his crime or to pay the price for what he did. Ethan Learner, a respected professor of literature at a small New England college, has seen his orderly world shattered in a single moment, yet persists in the belief that he can find the unknown man who killed his son. Behind their stories are those of eight-year-old Emma, who can't stop thinking her brother's death was her fault, and of Grace, who must find the strength to keep herself and her family together, and to be the mother Emma so badly needs.         

        In a gripping narrative woven from the voices of Ethan, Dwight, and Grace, Reservation Road tells the story of two ordinary families facing an extraordinary crisis--a book that reads like a thriller but opens up a world rich with psychological nuance and emotional wisdom. Reservation Road explores the terrain of grief even as it astonishes with unexpected redemption: powerful and wrenching and impossible to put down.

Synopsis:

A riveting novel of feeling and suspense in which grief and punishment become tragically intertwined.

At the close of a beautiful summer day near the quiet Connecticut town where they live, the Learner family--Ethan and Grace, their children, Josh and Emma--stop at a gas station on their way home from a concert. Josh Learner, lost in a ten-year-old's private world, is standing at the edge of the road when a car comes racing around the bend. He is hit and instantly killed. The car speeds away.

From this moment forward, Reservation Road becomes a harrowing countdown to the confrontation between two very different men. The hit-and-run driver is a small-town lawyer named Dwight Arno, a man in desperate need of a second chance. Dwight is also the father of a ten-year-old boy, who was asleep in the car the night Josh Learner was killed. Now Dwight must decide whether to run from his crime or to pay the price for what he did. Ethan Learner, a respected professor of literature at a small New England college, has seen his orderly world shattered in a single moment, yet persists in the belief that he can find the unknown man who killed his son. Behind their stories are those of eight-year-old Emma, who can't stop thinking her brother's death was her fault, and of Grace, who must find the strength to keep herself and her family together, and to be the mother Emma so badly needs.

In a gripping narrative woven from the voices of Ethan, Dwight, and Grace, Reservation Road tells the story of two ordinary families facing an extraordinary crisis--a book that reads like a thriller but opens up a world rich with psychological nuance and emotional wisdom. Reservation Road explores theterrain of grief even as it astonishes with unexpected redemption: powerful and wrenching and impossible to put down.

Synopsis:

A compulsively readable novel of feeling and suspense about two men and their families, and the hit-and-run death of a young boy.

On an ordinary night in a quiet Connecticut town, the Learners stop at a gas station on their way home from a concert. Josh Learner, age 10, is standing at the side of the road when a car comes racing around the bend. Josh is hit and instantly killed. The car speeds away.

The boy's father saw it happen. His eight-year-old sister believes it was her fault. His mother tries to keep herself — and her family — together. And as they slip into nightmare, the novel becomes a harrowing countdown to confrontation between the hit-and-run driver — half running from his crime, half wanting to pay for it — and Ethan Learner, in deadly pursuit of the unknown man who killed his son.

Already hailed as "a nonstop read about people locked in a terrible embrace" (Ward Just) and a" first-rate work of fiction disguised as a page-turning thriller" (David Halberstam), Reservation Road is powerful, wrenching, impossible to put down.

About the Author

John Burnham Schwartz is the author of Bicycle Days. He lives in New York City with his wife, filmmaker Aleksandra Crapanzano.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375402630
Author:
Schwartz, John Burnh
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Connecticut Fiction.
Subject:
Hit-and-run drivers -- Connecticut -- Fiction.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
1998
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
292
Dimensions:
9.23x5.52x.89 in. .80 lbs.

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Product details 292 pages Alfred A. Knopf,1998. - English 9780375402630 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A riveting novel of feeling and suspense in which grief and punishment become tragically intertwined.

At the close of a beautiful summer day near the quiet Connecticut town where they live, the Learner family--Ethan and Grace, their children, Josh and Emma--stop at a gas station on their way home from a concert. Josh Learner, lost in a ten-year-old's private world, is standing at the edge of the road when a car comes racing around the bend. He is hit and instantly killed. The car speeds away.

From this moment forward, Reservation Road becomes a harrowing countdown to the confrontation between two very different men. The hit-and-run driver is a small-town lawyer named Dwight Arno, a man in desperate need of a second chance. Dwight is also the father of a ten-year-old boy, who was asleep in the car the night Josh Learner was killed. Now Dwight must decide whether to run from his crime or to pay the price for what he did. Ethan Learner, a respected professor of literature at a small New England college, has seen his orderly world shattered in a single moment, yet persists in the belief that he can find the unknown man who killed his son. Behind their stories are those of eight-year-old Emma, who can't stop thinking her brother's death was her fault, and of Grace, who must find the strength to keep herself and her family together, and to be the mother Emma so badly needs.

In a gripping narrative woven from the voices of Ethan, Dwight, and Grace, Reservation Road tells the story of two ordinary families facing an extraordinary crisis--a book that reads like a thriller but opens up a world rich with psychological nuance and emotional wisdom. Reservation Road explores theterrain of grief even as it astonishes with unexpected redemption: powerful and wrenching and impossible to put down.

"Synopsis" by , A compulsively readable novel of feeling and suspense about two men and their families, and the hit-and-run death of a young boy.

On an ordinary night in a quiet Connecticut town, the Learners stop at a gas station on their way home from a concert. Josh Learner, age 10, is standing at the side of the road when a car comes racing around the bend. Josh is hit and instantly killed. The car speeds away.

The boy's father saw it happen. His eight-year-old sister believes it was her fault. His mother tries to keep herself — and her family — together. And as they slip into nightmare, the novel becomes a harrowing countdown to confrontation between the hit-and-run driver — half running from his crime, half wanting to pay for it — and Ethan Learner, in deadly pursuit of the unknown man who killed his son.

Already hailed as "a nonstop read about people locked in a terrible embrace" (Ward Just) and a" first-rate work of fiction disguised as a page-turning thriller" (David Halberstam), Reservation Road is powerful, wrenching, impossible to put down.

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