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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (8 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491518790
- ISBN-13: 978-1491518793
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,111,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Returned MP3 CD – 8 Apr 2014
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'Fantastically readable' - The Times
'It will...make you question what it means to be human and what you'd do in a similar situation' - The Sun
'Gripping' - Shortlist
'Get in early before the hype begins' - Star Magazine
'Mott tackles some big themes here, especially the vagaries of spirituality, and scores with one of the most emotionally resonant works in many seasons' - --Essence Magazine
'The Returned transforms a brilliant premise into an extraordinary and beautifully realized novel. My spine is still shivering from the memory of this haunting story. Wow.' --Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of The Monster of Florence
'A deft meditation on loss that plays out levels of consequence on both personal and international stages. Mott allows the magic of his story to unearth a full range of feelings about grief and connection.' - Aimee Bender, New York Times bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
'When a novel is about people returning from the dead, you might expect it to be macabre, gruesome or jokey. The Returned is, instead, a wondrous surprise. With fine craftsmanship and a deep understanding of the human condition, Jason Mott has woven a tale that is in turns tragic and humorous and terrifying.
And after you have stayed up all night reading this remarkable debut, you, too, will be left with the questions: What would you do if a long-dead loved one appeared at your door step?
Surely this will spark many a fabulous book club discussion.' --Eowyn Ivey, Author of the New York Times bestseller The Snow Child --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jason Mott holds a BA in fiction and an MFA in poetry and is the author of two poetry collections. His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals, and he was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. Jason lives in North Carolina.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Jacob drowned in his eighth birthday in 1966 but now he has returned. He is still eight years old but his parents are now in their retirement years. They have hugely conflicted emotions; they are overjoyed to be reunited with their son but is it really Jacob and where has he been? Jacob is not the only one, people are returning all over the world which causes huge problems, people are frightened and there is not enough room.
Harold and Lucille live in a small southern American town called Arcadia and Jacob and the other returned are creating a lot of tension. Harold and Lucille must protect the son they have already lost once.
Jason Mott has written such an interesting story. There are not a huge amount of sub-plots in this book, it is more about the characters and the questions they raise. How would you react if your loved ones returned? How would you treat them? What if you didn't want them back? What if your loved ones didn't return?
The author chooses words very carefully to create an emotive and highly charged atmosphere. This book left me with a lot to think about and Jason Mott is an author I will look out for.
No, not as zombies. Back as they were in life.
In The Returned, all over the world, this is what happens. 'Why' is never explained. Nor is 'how'.
The main story is of Harold and Lucille, a couple in their 80s, and their son Jacob, drowned 50 years since. Is he really their son? Can they love him? Why is this happening?
It's a chilling story at times - a murdered family return, teenage first-loves to people happily married, a famous artist unappreciated when he was alive. Between the chapters of Harold and Lucille, dozens of Returned tell their stories.
It's also, inevitably a story about how we react to this occurrence - what is the government response? Camps, gulags, atrocities all make an appearance.
It's a 'quiet' book with only a little in the way of action, and lots in the way of contemplation and reflection. It makes you think about your own dead loved ones - would you WANT them to come back? How would they fit into your changed life?
Very interesting concept, slow build up but well worth a read.
Review of a Netgalley advance copy.
But this book isn't anything to do with French TV series, Torchwood, or even Friends Reunited. It's set in America, the dead are returning, and the book is based around a small southern town. The main focus are the parents of returnee Jacob, who died 50 years earlier on his 8th birthday. Now he's back he just wants to be a normal 8 year-old - his determination to spout corny jokes through thick and thin is touchingly written. His parents are conflicted - is he really their son or something else? Do they keep him or let the Man from the Bureau take him? Is he a gift from God or the devil? There are others affected by their own returnees, or by the lack of a returnee, and the main story is interwoven with brief chapters about other, entirely unrelated as far as I could tell, returnees. However, there's no supernatural element to this book. Once we've been presented with the facts of the returned, it becomes an observation on how humanity tends to deal with influxes of those who don't fit. You could almost replace the returnees with Roma, or east Europeans, or anyone with a different colour skin or different way of living.Read more ›
A good read. There is a prequel now available for your Kindle.
There is another of the new sci-fi series that is currently being played on tv, as “Resurrection”, and starring Kurtwood Smith, Frances Fisher, Matt Craven and Omar Epps. The tv series Resurrection is based on this book (first published in 2013), and as I am thoroughly enjoying the series on tv, I thought I would read the inspiration for the series as well. (This is all not to be confused with a similarly named French series from some years ago, called The Returned, or Les Revenants, which also has a similar theme – all very confusing.)
This novel takes the same premise as the tv series, where people Return; people who have died, some recently, some many years ago come back – seemingly just the same as when they were last alive – the same age, the same people in all respects. But are they? The book takes a similar stance to the tv series in focusing a lot of the time on one family; that of Harold and Lucille, whose son Jacob drowned decades earlier. When he returns as an eight year old boy, they don’t know how to take it. The impact on their family, and the wider community of their small American town Arcadia, and ultimately on the rest of the world as other Returned come back all over the globe, is the focus of the story.
The book moves in chapters focusing on the township of Arcadia, with small interludes after each chapter featuring all sorts of other Returned, glimpses of their lives as Returned and the way they are received over the world. For the reader, this offers a far greater idea of the impact outside the small US town of Arcadia, where we are given the shifts in peoples’ lives on a much smaller scale, as they cope with their own Returned.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought the book after watching the TV series that this inspired. More detail in the book, but pace slower. If you like mysteries you will enjoy this.Published 6 months ago by Little_Bubbles
I bought this as I had watched the adaptation on Sky Atlantic. As the show was cancelled, I was interested to see how it should have ended. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sar81
I have read this book twice now and it still made me cry. If only we could have our loved ones back just to say good bye properly. Loved it so much. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs. C. Dyer
I had a good long read. I even downloaded the audiobook as the narrated voice was very easy to listen to.Published 8 months ago by FlameLady
A Philips shaver was returned but this has not been noted nor has any refund been given . This is not acceptable. Read morePublished 9 months ago by disappointed customer