By Patrick Somerville
From a author and manufacturer of HBO's acclaimed apocalyptic drama sequence The Leftovers, comes a compelling tale of younger love and previous secrets.
Ben Hanson's aimless existence has bottomed out after a chain of undesirable judgements, yet an unforeseen supply from his father attracts him domestic to Wisconsin. There, he unearths his kinfolk fractured, nonetheless reeling from his cousin's mysterious demise a decade earlier.
Lauren Sheehan deserted her profession in drugs after a sequence of violent occasions in another country. Now she's again within the most secure position she understands -- an analogous small Wisconsin city the place she and Ben grew up -- hiding from a global that has purely introduced her heartache.
As Lauren carefully expands her horizons and Ben attempts to resolve his family's darkish secrets and techniques, their paths intersect. might every one be precisely what the opposite needs?
A compelling relatives drama and a stunning love tale, This brilliant River is the paintings of a normal storyteller, one whose darkish humor and piercing intelligence offer consistent, lasting delights.
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