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  1. Actor KO’s Author Twice, Hopes for Third

    Mott & SmithThe Associated Press has just learned of a bizarre (and still ongoing) feud between author of THE RETURNED, Jason Mott, and RESURRECTION star Kurtwood Smith. According to reports, the conflict began roughly one year ago when Mr. Mott traveled to Atlanta to watch filming of the pilot for RESURRECTION. On his last night in Atlanta, while having dinner with the cast members, an argument started between the actor and the author which ended with the 35 year-old author being knocked unconscious by the 70 year-old actor. (more…)

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  2. NY Times Bestseller

    I’m very pleased to announce that The Returned has landed on the New York Times Bestseller List!  I’m pretty floored by the news.  Just wanted to take a second to say thanks to everyone that has helped make this dream come true.

    -jason mott

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  3. THE RETURNED Grabs Fourth Starred Review!

    I’m incredibly excited to announce that The Returned has achieved a sweep of the trade publications by grabbing starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Review, Booklist, and now Library Journal!  I’m in a fair amount of disbelief, but thrilled all the same.  The review from Library Journal is posted below.


    Libray Journal LogoWhat if the dead came back to us on Earth? Would your loved one’s reappearance be a blessing or a curse? All over the world, people are spontaneously rising from the dead. For Harold and Lucille Hargrave this occurrence brings the return of their son Jacob, dead 50 years. While they have aged and must relearn how to parent, Jacob is still eight years old. Lucille sees this as a miracle; the void in her life has been filled. For others, Harold included, the returned inspire nothing but confusion and fear, ultimately leading to violence. As the world explodes into chaos and neighbors turn on one another, the Hargraves find themselves fighting for their new life and discovering the ties that permanently bind us across time and space. VERDICT This is a masterly first novel for Mott, previously a published poet; it speaks to many aspects of the human condition through the Hargraves’ experience, as well as short segments in the voices of returned people around the globe. Highly recommended for those who love a strong story that makes them think. It has already been optioned for television by Brad Pitt’s production company.

    —Katie Lawrence, Chicago

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  4. BEA Livestream Interview

    An interview my editor and I did at BEA where we talk about THE RETURNED and other things. If you couldn’t be at BEA, this is almost as good. 🙂

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  5. THE RETURNED Earns Starred Review from Booklist


    Very, very pleased to announce that The Returned has grabbed a starred review from Booklist!  …Huzzah!  Deeply honored and excited that they enjoyed the book so much!  Review below:



    “In this sparely written first novel, poet Mott posits intriguing questions about our uneasy relationship with
    death. (more…)

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