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#2: The First - Jason Mott

In Jason Mott's haunting and unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, an impossible miracle is occurring all across the globe. Read how it all begins in this short story, The First.
It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancée, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on… Until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns, sending the world—and Emily—into a tailspin.
Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind. As the world dives deep into uncertainty, Emily and Edmund are determined to find their way back to one another…even if it means risking everything.
The reappearances continue in The Sparrow, and look for The Returned from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family given a second chance at life and a world where nothing—not even death—is certain.


*The novellas, The First, The Sparrow and The Choice are all free on Amazon.*


  • Kindle: 112 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (June 1, 2013)
  • ASIN: B00BV2WC0M



Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 "New Hollywood: Next Wave" people to watch.

He is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and "...hide behind me..." The Returned is his first novel.

The Returned has also been optioned by Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, in association with Brillstein Entertainment and ABC. It will air in March, 2014 on the ABC network under the title "Resurrection."


REVIEW:
Powerful 28 pages!
Seriously.
What would you do if someone you thought was dead, yeah, dead, came back with no explanation? If you said shit bricks, then you guessed same as me.
This story goes there and in such a realistic way that you end up wondering for a minute what it might be like. 
It definitely gives me a nudge to keep reading The Sparrow. 
If you haven't read The Returned, get the novellas on Amazon and read them first.


5/5

Comments

  1. The Returned sounds great. I'll have to check it out and pick up the novellas too!

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  2. Thanks for the real life review,I'd probably drop a brick or two myself.
    Need a novella for another one of my challenges ~ going to use this one
    Here's the book I read for the What's In a Name number
    http://ladybrensworld.blogspot.com/p/2014.html

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  3. Hopping over from the What's In a Name Challenge. This sounds like a great tale.

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  4. I seem to remembered reading about The Returned, it sounded kind of spooky but a good concept. Interesting that there are prequels. Well done on this category for What's In A Name!

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