By Lori Roy
Winner of the Edgar Award for top First Novel
"Don't be fooled via the novel's obvious simplicity: What emerges from the outside is a story of impressive emotional energy, one among longstanding discomfort set opposed to the pulsating drumbeat of social change."
-Sarah Weinman, NPR.org
For two decades, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, conceal from the secrets and techniques surrounding his sister Eve's demise. but if the 1967 Detroit riots frighten him much more than his Kansas previous, he convinces Celia to close up their family members and go back to the line he grew up on, Bent highway, and a similar small city the place Eve mysteriously died. after which a neighborhood lady disappears, catapulting the kin headlong right into a lifeless man's curve. . . .
On Bent street, a battered crimson truck cruises ominously alongside the prairie; a lonely little lady clothes in her useless aunt's outfits; a boy hefts his father's rifle looking for a goal; and a mom realizes she now not is aware how one can shield her childrens. it's a position the place humans study: occasionally killing is the kindest way.
Bent Road has been optioned for movie in 2012 by way of move Creek images with Mark Mallouk to evolve and Benderspink to produce.
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Shandy took a deep breath and then let it out. " He smiled nervously at her. "Something like lamprey eels, I gather; or leeches. " "God help us," she said softly. And Mate Care-For too, thought Shandy. With a lot of impressive swishing and spraying of sand and audible grunts of effort, Friend came waddling and arm-swinging over to them. "That's … enough, Elizabeth," he panted. " He mopped his forehead with a lacy handkerchief. " "Herbs and greens and black bread," she sighed. "Plain but wholesome," pronounced Friend.
Venner must regard the upcoming enterprise as at least a regrettable strain, and if Shandy was going to hide ashore until the Jenny and the Carmichael had left, and then re-emerge and wait for the arrival of the new governor from England, a partner who knew the island and its customs would be valuable indeed. Mr. Bird had picked up one of the blocks and was shambling along behind them, peering around suspiciously. Shandy was about to ask Venner to meet him after this job was finished, to discuss some pragmatic applications of his philosophy, but he heard a scuffing from up the slope and turned to see who was approaching.
Shandy shrugged, a little irritably. " He decided not even to try to tell her about the man he'd seen down the beach one night. The man's pockets had all been torn open, and he didn't speak because his jaw was bound up in a cloth that was knotted over his head. As he had walked past Shandy, Shandy had noticed that his coat was sewn shut rather than buttoned. There was no point in telling her about it, or what he'd later learned about people who were dressed that way. She dismissed the subject with an impatient wave.
Bent Road: A Novel by Lori Roy