Download e-book for iPad: Bent Road: A Novel by Lori Roy

By Lori Roy

ISBN-10: 0452297591

ISBN-13: 9780452297593

Winner of the Edgar Award for most sensible First Novel

"Don't be fooled by way of the novel's obvious simplicity: What emerges from the outside is a story of awesome emotional energy, considered one of longstanding soreness set opposed to the pulsating drumbeat of social change."
-Sarah Weinman, NPR.org

For 20 years, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, conceal from the secrets and techniques surrounding his sister Eve's demise. but if the 1967 Detroit riots frighten him much more than his Kansas earlier, he convinces Celia to close up their kin and go back to the line he grew up on, Bent highway, and an identical small city the place Eve mysteriously died. after which a neighborhood lady disappears, catapulting the family members headlong right into a lifeless man's curve. . . .

On Bent highway, a battered purple truck cruises ominously alongside the prairie; a lonely little woman clothes in her lifeless aunt's outfits; a boy hefts his father's rifle looking for a aim; and a mom realizes she not is aware the way to shield her teenagers. it's a position the place humans research: occasionally killing is the kindest way.

Bent Road has been optioned for movie in 2012 via pass Creek photographs with Mark Mallouk to evolve and Benderspink to produce. 

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I am said to have made the company laugh but no one can recall my witticism. I was precocious. I was a genius for the piano. I had a high opinion of myself. By 1812, the year I turned seven, I was accomplished in Latin and Greek. It was during this very particular summer that the Hero of the Vendée arrived at the Château de Barfleur. It was my father’s birthday but the visitor brought no gift—or left arm either, the latter presumably sliced away by some horrid machine. His empty white silk sleeve was like a ghost, but what I noticed most of all was my mother.

She knew each house by family name. “There, Blacksmith, there,” she cried. ” At that moment there appeared, on the penumbra of the wavering light, some towering phantom, as tall as a house, pressing down toward the carriage, bleeding black against the charcoal sky. “Maman,” I shrieked. ” she demanded, her voice rising to a pitch quite equal to my own. I was literally dumb with terror, all the hairs on my neck and head bristling. I could do no more than point. ” She saw, then slapped my leg. ” If it was the Blacquevilles’ wisteria it was also a living thing, abused, attacked, wounded, hacked, pulled away from the house so it teetered in a mass above our heads.

Shortly before lunch I observed, with some alarm, a swarm of the strange Paris servants piling various items of my clothing, willy-nilly, upon the billiard table. Having at first taken exception to their appalling method, it took me a moment to see, among the tangle, the Ch’ien-lung bowl. Then I finally understood why she, a servant, had called me a pauvre petite créature. I was to be sent away with her. When my mother confirmed these fears, I threw up on my shoes and declared myself too sick to travel.

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