Dreadfully Ever After Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing



On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »

spacer

This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.


Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

The Things That Keep Us Here

The Things That Keep Us Here Cover

ISBN13: 9780440245094
ISBN10: 0440245095
All Product Details

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

How far would you go to protect your family?

Ann Brooks never thought she’d have to answer that question. Then she found her limits tested by a crisis no one could prevent. Now, as her neighborhood descends into panic, she must make tough choices to protect everyone she loves from a threat she cannot even see. In this chillingly urgent novel, Carla Buckley confronts us with the terrifying decisions we are forced to make when ordinary life changes overnight.

A year ago, Ann and Peter Brooks were just another unhappily married couple trying–and failing–to keep their relationship together while they raised two young daughters. Now the world around them is about to be shaken as Peter, a university researcher, comes to a startling realization: A virulent pandemic has made the terrible leap across the ocean to America’s heartland.

And it is killing fifty out of every hundred people it touches.

As their town goes into lockdown, Peter is forced to return home–with his beautiful graduate assistant. But the Brookses’ safe suburban world is no longer the refuge it once was. Food grows scarce, and neighbor turns against neighbor in grocery stores and at gas pumps. And then a winter storm strikes, and the community is left huddling in the dark.

Trapped inside the house she once called home, Ann Brooks must make life-or-death decisions in an environment where opening a door to a neighbor could threaten all the things she holds dear.

Carla Buckley’s poignant debut raises important questions to which there are no easy answers, in an emotionally riveting tale of one family facing unimaginable stress.

Review:

"A timely premise can't quite compensate for structural deficiencies in Buckley's lackluster debut novel. Ann Brooks and her family have anticipated the possibility of pandemic avian flu for months; Ann's estranged husband, Peter, after all, has been researching the mysterious illness at his university research job. When the flu — with a near-50% fatality rate — closes in on the Columbus, Ohio, home where Ann and her two daughters live, Peter and his exotically beautiful Ph.D. student, Shazia, move in to pool resources, but desperation grows as heat, food and water dwindle, and the threat of death looms (sometimes literally) on their doorstep. Although pseudoscientific reports and news bulletins add to the novel's 'ripped from the headlines' feel, emotional revelations are handled less skillfully. A tragedy in Ann and Peter's past, after numerous veiled allusions, is finally revealed in an unsatisfying throwaway in the epilogue. The third-person narration squanders the tensions among Ann, Peter and Shazia, resulting in flat and unsurprising epiphanies. Although Buckley raises important questions about trust, loyalty and forgiveness, the narrative flaws detract from the overall effect." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

“What ‘Things’ accurately portrays — is how mass disaster brings out strength in unexpected quarters and weakness in more surprising places.”  —Los Angeles Times

 

“Chilling, engrossing…. I'd heartily recommend this one to anyone who enjoys suspense and exceptional writing.”  —Dallas Morning News

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

LuAnn, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by LuAnn)
I just can’t believe how well this book is written. It’s amazingly candid and I was totally gripped by the story. In fact, I couldn’t put it down and finished it within a couple days because I picked it up whenever I could squeeze in a few minutes to read.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
bookish, September 2, 2010 (view all comments by bookish)
Ann and Peter Brooks seem to have attained the American Dream, good marriage, healthy children, great house and friends in their upscale suburb.The marriage that seems so solid,however, eventually breaks apart as Ann and Peter are unable to resolve a past tragedy.The couple separate just as a virulant strain of influenza begins to decimate populations worldwide.Peter, a viral biologist becomes convinced that the new strain is transmitted from bird to man.His fears of a Pandemic worse than the 1918 Spanish flu which killed millions become reality.He is compelled to move back in with Ann and the kids,bringing along his displaced lab assistant,Shazia. Ann suspects Peter and Shazia are lovers,making the living arrangements uncomfortable.When a quarantine is enforced,people become desperate,fighting over food, gasoline and medical care.As their friends in the neighborhood succumb to primitive behavior, the deaths keep mounting.The Brooks try to maintain civilized values but circumstances force them to face unimaginable choices.The Brook's tale is a potent reminder of the of our dependance on things taken for granted...electricity, technology, grocery stores, heat,as well as the human instinct to protect loved ones at any cost.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 2 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 2 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440245094
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Author:
Buckley, Carla
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Epidemics
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Publication Date:
20100209
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.48x6.58x1.43 in. 1.37 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

The Things That Keep Us Here
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 416 pages Delacorte Press - English 9780440245094 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A timely premise can't quite compensate for structural deficiencies in Buckley's lackluster debut novel. Ann Brooks and her family have anticipated the possibility of pandemic avian flu for months; Ann's estranged husband, Peter, after all, has been researching the mysterious illness at his university research job. When the flu — with a near-50% fatality rate — closes in on the Columbus, Ohio, home where Ann and her two daughters live, Peter and his exotically beautiful Ph.D. student, Shazia, move in to pool resources, but desperation grows as heat, food and water dwindle, and the threat of death looms (sometimes literally) on their doorstep. Although pseudoscientific reports and news bulletins add to the novel's 'ripped from the headlines' feel, emotional revelations are handled less skillfully. A tragedy in Ann and Peter's past, after numerous veiled allusions, is finally revealed in an unsatisfying throwaway in the epilogue. The third-person narration squanders the tensions among Ann, Peter and Shazia, resulting in flat and unsurprising epiphanies. Although Buckley raises important questions about trust, loyalty and forgiveness, the narrative flaws detract from the overall effect." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.