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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: 4/12/2010
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
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Early one summer morning, Matthew Bishop kisses his still-sleeping wife Marissa, gets dressed and eases his truck through Milwaukee, bound for the highway. His wife, pregnant with their first child, has asked him to find the antique cradle taken years before by her mother Caroline when she abandoned Marissa, never to contact her daughter again. Soon to be a mother herself, Marissa now dreams of nothing else but bringing her baby home to the cradle she herself slept in. His wife does not know-does not want to know-where her mother lives, but Matt has an address for Caroline's sister near by and with any luck, he will be home in time for dinner.

Only as Matt tries to track down his wife's mother, he discovers that Caroline, upon leaving Marissa, has led a life increasingly plagued by impulse and irrationality, a mysterious life that grows more inexplicable with each new lead Matt gains, and door he enters. As hours turn into days and Caroline's trail takes Matt from Wisconsin to Minnesota, Illinois, and beyond in search of the cradle, Matt makes a discovery that will forever change Marissa's life, and faces a decision that will challenge everything he has ever known.

Elegant and astonishing, Patrick Somerville tells the story of one man's journey into the heart of marriage, parenthood, and what it means to be a family. Confirming the arrival of an exuberantly talented new writer, THE CRADLE is an uniquely imaginative debut novel that radiates with wisdom and wonder.
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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