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Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel

"Don't be fooled by the novel's apparent simplicity: What emerges from the surface is a tale of extraordinary emotional power, one of longstanding pain set against the pulsating drumbeat of social change."
-Sarah Weinman, NPR.org

For twenty years, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets surrounding his sister Eve's death. But when the 1967 Detroit riots frighten him even more than his Kansas past, he convinces Celia to pack up their family and return to the road he grew up on, Bent Road, and the same small town where Eve mysteriously died. And then a local girl disappears, catapulting the family headlong into a dead man's curve. . . .

On Bent Road, a battered red truck cruises ominously along the prairie; a lonely little girl dresses in her dead aunt's clothes; a boy hefts his father's rifle in search of a target; and a mother realizes she no longer knows how to protect her children. It is a place where people learn: Sometimes killing is the kindest way.

Bent Road has been optioned for film in 2012 by Cross Creek Pictures with Mark Mallouk to adapt and Benderspink to produce. 

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2011
March 31
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Fanny Bell ,

Bent Road

The book was okay but not quite what I expected. The book was well written.

KS GRANDMA ,

Good characters

She did a good job of creating characters that represent the stoic Kansans I have known for seventy years. Except...I'm not a
Catholic, but I've certainly never known such a judgmental man of the cloth. Maybe it was needed for the story. And it was a fine story. The other characters rang true and variations of the situations are too visible in the real world. Urban people would be surprised at how many issues are handled by family and not authorities in rural areas!

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