THE RETURNED Earns PW’s Starred Review

Very pleased to announce that Publishers Weekly has given THE RETURNED a Starred Review in this week’s issue. Huzzah! Posted below is what they had to say:

PublishersWeekly LogoIn his exceptional debut novel, poet Mott brings drama, pathos, joy, horror, and redemption to a riveting tale of how the contemporary world handles the inexplicable reappearance of the dead. The primary focus is on Harold and Lucille Hargrave, who lost their son, Jacob, half a century ago in a tragic drowning accident on his eighth birthday. Amid global rumors about “the Returned,” their son arrives at their doorstep—with an agent from the International Bureau of the Returned—still eight and healthy, as if nothing has changed in more than 50 years. Locals have mixed feelings when Arcadia, their small, backwater Southern town, is inundated with soldiers and taken over as a refuge for the multitude of Returned who have nowhere else to go (not every family wants them back), and Mott ratchets up the tension. Are the Returned walking, breathing miracles? Or signs of the Devil and “the end of times”? Even local Pastor Robert Peters cannot decide how to respond to these people, haunted as he is by the sudden reappearance of the love of his life, a girl who died as a teen. When some of the disgruntled locals take matters into their own hands, there is an apocalypse of sorts and both the frailty and strength of human character become evident; Mott brings depth and poignancy to the Returned and their purpose for existing. Agent: Michelle Brower, Folio Literary Management. (Sept.)

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2 Responses to THE RETURNED Earns PW’s Starred Review

  1. Jack Bray   |  August 18, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Having just published “Grove House” ( and sequel “Comebacks” almost ready )a story of belief that some are chosen to come back to life for a reason, I was interested in Mr.Mott’s treatment. His is an ntriguing story.

  2. Frank Carter   |  August 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Congratulations, Jason. You have brought me renewed faith in my own writing. I am looking forward to reading your book and anxious to see you again sometime. You have made many of your former instructors very proud.

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