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The Things That Keep Us Here

(2010)
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How far would you go to protect your family?

Ann Brooks never thought she'd have to answer that question. Then she found her limits tested by a crisis no one could prevent. Now, as her neighborhood descends into panic, she must make tough choices to protect everyone she loves from a threat she cannot even see. In this chillingly urgent novel, Carla Buckley confronts us with the terrifying decisions we are forced to make when ordinary life changes overnight.

A year ago, Ann and Peter Brooks were just another unhappily married couple trying-and failing-to keep their relationship together while they raised two young daughters. Now the world around them is about to be shaken as Peter, a university researcher, comes to a startling realization: A virulent pandemic has made the terrible leap across the ocean to America's heartland.

And it is killing fifty out of every hundred people it touches.

As their town goes into lockdown, Peter is forced to return home-with his beautiful graduate assistant. But the Brookses' safe suburban world is no longer the refuge it once was. Food grows scarce, and neighbor turns against neighbor in grocery stores and at gas pumps. And then a winter storm strikes, and the community is left huddling in the dark.

Trapped inside the house she once called home, Ann Brooks must make life-or-death decisions in an environment where opening a door to a neighbor could threaten all the things she holds dear.

Carla Buckley's poignant debut raises important questions to which there are no easy answers, in an emotionally riveting tale of one family facing unimaginable stress.

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"Balances all-too-real terrors with genuine emotion. I read it in one sitting." - Jacquelyn Mitchard


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February 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Things That Keep Us Here
Author(s): Carla Buckley
ISBN: 1-4448-0536-3 / 978-1-4448-0536-9 (UK edition)
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February 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Things That Keep Us Here
Author(s): Carla Buckley
ISBN: 1-4091-1307-8 / 978-1-4091-1307-2 (UK edition)
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February 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Things That Keep Us Here
Author(s): Carla Buckley
ISBN: 0-440-24509-5 / 978-0-440-24509-4 (USA edition)
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Things That Keep Us Here
Author(s): Carla Buckley
ISBN: 1-4091-1733-2 / 978-1-4091-1733-9 (UK edition)
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January 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Things That Keep Us Here: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Carla Buckley
ISBN: 0-440-24604-0 / 978-0-440-24604-6 (USA edition)
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August 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Things That Keep Us Here
Author(s): Carla Buckley
ISBN: 1-4091-1800-2 / 978-1-4091-1800-8 (UK edition)
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February 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Things That Keep Us Here
Author(s): Carla Buckley
ISBN: 1-4091-1308-6 / 978-1-4091-1308-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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February 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Things That Keep Us Here: A Novel
Author(s): Carla Buckley
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Title: The Things That Keep Us Here: A Novel
Author(s): Carla Buckley
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Title: The Things That Keep Us Here
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Title: The Things That Keep Us Here: A Novel
Author(s): Carla Buckley
Publisher: Dell
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