“Jason Mott’s impressive debut novel, The Returned, is a tense and touching treatise on life, death and life again…”

- USA Today
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The Returned by Jason Mott


“Beautifully written and emotionally astute… Poet and debut author Mott has written a breathtaking novel that navigates emotional minefields with realism and grace.”

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)


“Jason Mott is a voice to be noticed with amazing prose and the soul of a poet.  The Returned is a beautifully written and haunting story that will sneak into your dreams and will touch your soul long after you have finished the book.”

–Calvin Crosby, Book Passage


“In this sparely written first novel, poet Mott posits intriguing questions about our uneasy relationship with
death.  …A beautiful meditation on what it means to be human.”

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“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 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. Surely this will spark many a fabulous book club discussion.”

-Eowyn Ivey, New York Times bestselling author of The Snow Child


“Thought-provoking, occasionally dreamlike, and centered around the most charmingly irascible couple in recent memory…”

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“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


“In his exceptional debut novel, poet Mott brings drama, pathos, joy, horror, and redemption to a riveting tale…”

–Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)