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The Cradle A Novel (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0316036110
ISBN-13: 9780316036115
Sku: 212936930
Publish Date: 4/1/2010
Pages:  204
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*Author: Somerville, Patrick *Subtitle: A Novel *Publication Date: 2010/04/12 *Number of Pages: 204 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.75
Matthew Bishop's pregnant wife sends him on a mission to find the antique cradle that rocked her as a babe, now in the possession of her estranged mother. Matthew tracks the cradle across several state lines, pursuing clues and learning more about his wife's family than he ever wanted to know. Ten years later, another couple, the Owens, endures an awkward and agonizing last week with their teenage son before he ships out to Iraq. Debut novelist Patrick Somerville gracefully and elegantly blends the two seemingly disparate narratives into a stunning final revelation that touches on the importance and essence of family.


"The scope of the story indicates that many hours of imaginative sweat went into the production of this lean, moving tale. Happily, THE CRADLE emerges swift and cinematic, an epic story told in a series of artfully curated, wonderfully rendered scenes." - Dean Bakopoulos 03/15/2009

"[This] magical debut novel....with unexpectedly wide range...mixes the profound emotional pull of parent-child connections with comically eccentric touches." - Janet Maslin 03/09/2009

"With highly charged lyricism and dramatic concision, Somerville gracefully illuminates what children need, all that war demands, and how amends are made and sorrows are woven into the tapestries of life." - Donna Seaman 03/01/2009

"[THE CRADLE is] a magical debut novel executed with grace and precision; there's not a wasted word in it....Somerville...has an uncanny knack for capturing the underlying hopes, dreams and conflicts that arise when a man is facing the birth of his first child." - Mary Houlihan 05/17/2009

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