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The Bright Forever by Lee  Martin
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Mar 03, 2010

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This isn't a fun book to read, and is actually quite painful both in it's subject matter and it's telling. The focus of the story is on the psyches of the novel's troubled, tortured characters, their lives deeply troubled and, in some sense ruined by a little girl's disappearance on the way to return a library book. The narrative slips back and forth in time and perspective, flitting from character to character and yet always rooted in the words of Henry, the social outcast whose silent eyes captured so much. The story's plot might be labeled simple in terms of the mystery, but what happened is far less important than why. It is the characters, trapped as they are in an inexorable march toward the tragic ending, and in the careful nuance of their development and their relationships, which provide The Bright Forever with its painful power.
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