Long Bright River

Long Bright River

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"A suspense novel that also looks at the anatomy of a Philadelphia family rocked by the opioid crisis and the relationship between two sisters--one, suffering from addiction, who has suddenly gone missing amid a series of mysterious murders; the other a police officer who patrols the neighborhood from which she disappeared: a story about the formidable ties between place, family, and fate" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2020.
ISBN: 9780525540670
0525540679
Characteristics: 482 pages ; 24 cm

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feralranger
Feb 26, 2020

I am and have always been a slow reader. When I pick up a book that is almost 500 pages I know I'll be at it for days and nights. If its in high demand I won't be able to renew and that has been frustrating for me but not a problem with this terrific book. Once I started it I had powered through 100 pages and it just kept up until I had it done in four days. Right now it has second place in my 2020 reading list.

STPL_JessH Feb 20, 2020

Behold! A crime novel with nuance. Nuance! Can you believe it?!

Jokes aside, I really, really admire what Liz Moore has achieved with this excellent book. It's so timely, and so important. She has crafted fictional authentic characters that are as complex and flawed as any real-life individuals. Moore writes with empathy and compassion about communities that often face harsh judgment if not outright condemnation. She opens a window into a world that many people refuse to acknowledge even exists. I was so impressed by the restraint Moore shows in that the novel does not proselytize at all or include any overly emotional drama. Instead, readers are invited to act as witnesses and examine their own judgments and biases as layers of issues are revealed. Ultimately, this is an incredible story that is at once heart-wrenching and hopeful.

I highly recommend this book and will eagerly read more of Moore's work.

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Katie_Dublin
Jan 13, 2020

Amazing! A riveting mystery/thriller that manages to beautifully tell the entire drug-ravaged family history of these two sisters. Liz Moore creates rich, compelling, believable characters. Their tragic tale provides a poignant glimpse into the opioid crisis. It may only be January, but Long Bright River is definitely one of the best of 2020.

debwalker Jan 08, 2020

First NYT Group Text pick. Group Text is a "monthly column for readers and book clubs about the novels, memoirs and short-story collections that make you want to talk, ask questions, and dwell in another world for a little bit longer."

Group Text will "focus on the kinds of propulsive, thought-provoking books worthy of discussion. Liz Moore’s “Long Bright River,” my inaugural pick, is part literary thriller, part family saga, part police procedural.

"What it’s about: When their neighborhood is battered by opioids, two sisters choose very different paths through the wreckage. One is a cop; the other is an addict. And one of the two is missing."

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jpainter Feb 11, 2020

"Now, looking at Kacey as she kneels at the foot of the bed, repentant, I see the possibility, very faintly, that one day she might return. Then I look at Thomas, and I am reminded, as always, of the ever-present threat of departure, of permanent loss. It hovers there, foreboding, a faint, high melody that only children can hear."

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