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The Last Bridge

A novel by

For fans of Jodi Picoult and Sue Miller, a dark, edgy, page-turning debut about the lengths one woman will travel to escape her past

After a ten-year absence, Alex 'Cat' Rucker returns to her Ohio hometown because of a letter left on her mother's kitchen table - a suicide note, carefully preserved in a Ziploc® bag, that reads:

'He isn't who you think he is. Love, Mom'

Thus opens this stunning debut novel from author Teri Coyne, who, with wry humor and sharp wit, follows Alex's journey through the traumatic experiences of her youth and the haze of her adult life.

While Alex tries to repress the memories of her brutal childhood - an abusive father, her estranged (and possibly illegitimate) brother, and the first love who would do anything to save her - she must face just how shattered she still is. At each step Alex confronts her biggest fears, realizes the impact of her choices, and inches closer to redemption. Can she embrace her vulnerabilities, talents, and desire for love, or will the revelations of her mother's cryptic note prove too overwhelming for her to bear?

The Last Bridge is a perfect blend of suspense, despair, and romance - and at its heart lies the question: are we a product of our experiences or our choices?

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Teri Coyne has created a hypnotic portrait of an American family under attack from within, told with such unflinching honesty that you cannot take your eyes off the page. Not since Bastard Out of Carolina have we seen the breathtaking courage it takes to survive and triumph after paying the price of dark secrets corroding the heart of a family. Cat stings you with her caustic tongue, makes you laugh out loud with her wild humor, brings you to tears with the revelation of her trials, and finally lifts you to your feet as she fights her way free to love again. This is a tough, rewarding read you'll never forget." - Jonis Agee

"Searing and authentic . . . Teri Coyne has created a compelling mystery, a family drama and a literary delight. Read the first page, and you won’t be able to put it down." - Masha Hamilton

"Teri Coyne grabbed me from the first page and never let me go. I read through the night until I came to the last lovely chapter. The Last Bridge is a whirlwind of a book." - Amanda Eyre Ward

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Hardback Editions

July 2009 : USA Hardback

Title: The Last Bridge: A Novel
Author(s): Teri Coyne
ISBN: 0-345-50731-2 / 978-0-345-50731-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Paperback Editions

May 2010 : USA Paperback

Title: The Last Bridge: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Teri Coyne
ISBN: 0-345-50732-0 / 978-0-345-50732-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

July 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Last Bridge: A Novel
Author(s): Teri Coyne
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA