Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That’s what all the Returned were.
Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time … Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.
All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he’s their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.
With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.
The basis for the hit television series, Resurrection.
‘In his exceptional debut novel, poet Mott brings drama, pathos, joy, horror and redemption to a riveting tale.’ Publishers Weekly, starred review
‘Haunting…a cracking page-turner.’ People Magazine
‘White-hot debut.’ Entertainment Weekly
‘This is a masterly first novel for Mott… Highly recommended for those who love a strong story that makes them think.’ Library Journal
‘Mott brings drama, pathos, joy, horror, and redemption to a riveting tale of how the contemporary world handles the inexplicable reappearance of the dead.’ Publishers Weekly
‘Mott has written a breathtaking novel that navigates emotional minefields with realism and grace’ Kirkus Reviews
‘Mott brings a singularly eloquent voice to this elegiac novel.’ Booklist
‘With fine craftsmanship and a deep understanding of the human condition, Jason Mott has woven a tale that is in turns tragic and humorous and terrifying.’ Eowyn Ivey, author of the New York Times bestseller The Snow Child