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Bright Before Us

(2011)
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Facing the prospect of fatherhood, disillusioned by his fledgling teaching career, and mourning the loss of a fraught former relationship, 25-year-old Francis Mason is a prisoner of his past mistakes. But when his second-grade class discovers a dead body during a field trip to a San Francisco beach, Francis spirals into unbearable grief and all-consuming paranoia. As his behavior grows increasingly erratic, and tensions arise with the school principal and the parents of his students, he faces the familiar urge to flee -- a choice that forces him to confront the character weaknesses that have shattered his life again and again -- and to accept the wrenching truth about the past he's never been able to move beyond.

Genre: Romance    Get it on Google Play

"An eerie, impeccably told story." - Amy Hempel

"What a rare book! Bright Before Us is an unrequited love story, but it's also a meditation about the flash decisions we make, or fail to make, and the devastating way they undo us. A remarkable and compassionate debut." - Robin Romm

"Katie Arnold-Ratliff writes sentences that have the luminous candor of X-rays, laser-traceries of the human heart." - Karen Russell


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Hardback Editions

May 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bright Before Us (Powell's Indiespensible Edition) (Tin House New Voice)
Author(s): Katie Arnold-Ratliff
ISBN: 1-935639-19-6 / 978-1-935639-19-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tin House Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bright Before Us (A Tin House New Voice)
Author(s): Katie Arnold-Ratliff
ISBN: 1-935639-07-2 / 978-1-935639-07-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tin House Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Bright Before Us (A Tin House New Voice)
Author(s): Katie Arnold-Ratliff
Publisher: Tin House Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA