The Bright Forever

  • by Lee Martin
  • Narrated by various
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On an evening like any other, 9-year-old Katie Mackey, daughter of the most affluent family in a small town on the plains of Indiana, sets out on her bicycle to return some library books.This simple act is at the heart of The Bright Forever, a suspenseful, deeply affecting novel about the choices people make that change their lives forever. Keeping fact, speculation, and contradiction playing off one another as the details unfold, author Lee Martin creates a fast-paced story that is as gripping as it is richly human. His beautiful, clear-eyed prose builds to an extremely nuanced portrayal of the complicated give and take among people struggling to maintain their humanity in the shadow of a loss.
Reminiscent of books such as The Little Friend and The Lovely Bones, but most memorable for its own perceptions and power, The Bright Forever is a compelling and emotional tale about the human need to know even the hardest truth.


What the Critics Say

"Martin's novel is hard to put down." (Booklist)
"Rich details and raw emotion mix as Martin, in engaging the human desire to excavate the truth, underscores its complex, elusive nature." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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A little sad

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Over-all the time listening to the book was well-spent, but I would not recommend it to others. Although well-written, I did not like the plot.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Martin again?


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- Diane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-20-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape