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Fiction Women's Fiction
While swimming in a secluded creek on a hot Sunday in
1969, sixteen-year-old Eugene and his older brother, Bill,
meet the entrancing Ligeia. A sexy, free-spirited redhead
from Daytona Beach banished to their small North Carolina
town, Ligeia entrances the brothers, especially Eugene,
who is drawn to her raw sensuality and rebellious
attitude. Eugene begins to move farther and farther away
from his brother, the cautious and dutiful Bill, and when
Ligeia vanishes as suddenly as she appeared, the growing
rift between the two brothers becomes immutable.
Decades later, the once close brothers now lead completely
different lives. Bill is a gifted and successful surgeon,
and a paragon of the community, while Eugene, the town
reprobate, is a failed writer and determined alcoholic.
When a shocking reminder of the past unexpectedly
surfaces, Eugene is plunged back into that fateful summer,
and the girl he cannot forget.
The deeper Eugene delves into his memories, the closer he
comes to finding the truth. But can Eugene’s recollections
be trusted? And will the truth set him free and offer
salvation . . . or destroy his damaged life and everyone
“The Risen is an important novel—and an intriguing one—
from one of our master storytellers. In its pages, the
past rises up, haunting and chiding, demanding answers of
us all.” —The News & Observer
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