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After a mysterious fall from his New York City apartment,
Philip Chase has moved back home with his mother, Charlene,
a bitter woman who has never fully accepted the death of
her younger son, Ronnie, five years earlier. Numb from
watching too much television, rereading a tragic biography,
and trading snipes with his mother, Philip is in stasis.
But everything changes late one windy February night when
Ronnie's high school girlfriend shows up on their doorstep.
A sad young woman who still bears the scars of the accident
that took Ronnie's life on the night of their prom, Melissa
has unexpectedly found hope. She is nine months pregnant.
And the father, she claims, is Ronnie.
So begins this startling tale, which moves from one
breathless surprise to another as Philip and his mother
confront not only Melissa's past but their own. Their
desperate search for answers takes them on a poignant and
emotional journey, ultimately placing them in the path of
murder and revenge.
At once a moving story of redemption and a heart-stopping
work of suspense, Strange but True confirms John Searles's
place among the most gifted voices of his generation.
Beautifully written and charged with a sublime wit, the
novel brings to vibrant life a cast of characters that no
reader will forget.
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