Grand Central Publishing
On Sale: April 17, 2018
Featuring: Maggie Daley
Hardcover / e-Book
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A literary tour de force from the acclaimed author of The
Blessings-a riveting new novel about one of the most urgent
crises of our time.
One August afternoon, as single mother Maggie Daley prepares
to send her only child off to college, their world is
shattered by news of a mass shooting at the local mall in
rural Maine. As reports and updates about the tragedy begin
to roll in, Maggie, an English professor, is further stunned
to learn that the gunman had been a student of hers. Nathan
Dugan was an awkward, complicated young man whose quiet
presence in her classroom had faded from her memory-but not,
it seems, the memories of his classmates.
When a viral blog post hints at the existence of a dark,
violence-tinged essay Nathan had written during Maggie's
freshman comp seminar, Maggie soon finds herself at the
center of a heated national controversy. Could the
overlooked essay have offered critical red flags that might
have warned of, or even prevented, the murders to come? As
the media storm grows around her, Maggie makes a series of
desperate choices that threaten to destroy not just the
personal and professional lives she's worked so hard to
build, but-more important-the happiness and safety of her
sensitive daughter, Anna.
Engrossing and provocative, combining sharp plot twists with
Juska's award-winning, trademark literary sophistication, IF
WE HAD KNOWN is at once an unforgettable mother-daughter
journey, an exquisite portrait of a community in turmoil,
and a harrowing examination of ethical and moral
responsibility in a dangerously interconnected digital world.
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