Bret Anthony Johnston

  • Cela fait quatre ans que le jeune Justin Campbell a disparu sans laisser de trace. Fugue ? Kidnapping ? Accident ? C'est une véritable tragédie pour sa famille qui, faute de certitudes, cherche des échappatoires : sa mère s'est prise de passion pour la protection des dauphins ; son père a une liaison ; et son frère passe ses journées à faire du skateboard dans la piscine à sec d'un motel abandonné. Lorsqu'enfin Justin réapparaît, loin de retrouver un équilibre, sa famille se divise davantage, écrasée par la culpabilité et le désir de faire justice elle-même. Avec ce premier roman prochainement adapté au cinéma, Bret Anthony Johnston s'impose comme l'un des jeunes romanciers américains les plus talentueux. « Je suis admiratif du talent déployé par Bret Anthony Johnston dans ce roman prodigieusement construit, et bouleversé par la force psychologique de ce portrait de parents en proie à leurs pires angoisses. J'ai adoré ce livre. » - John Irvin

  • You already have the tools to become a gifted writer; what you need is the spark. Harvard creative writing professor and acclaimed author Bret Anthony Johnston brings you an irresistible interactive guide to the craft of narrative writing. From developing characters to building conflict, from mastering dialogue to setting the scene, Naming the World jump-starts your creativity with inspiring exercises that will have you scrambling for pen and paper. Every chapter is a master class with the country's most eminent authors, renowned editors, and dedicated teachers.
    - Infuse emotion into your fiction with three key strategies from Margot Livesey.
    - Christopher Castellani dumps the "write what you know" maxim and challenges you to really delve into the imagination.
    - A point-of-view drill from Susan Straight can be just the breakthrough you need to flesh out your story.
    - Jewell Parker Rhodes shares how good dialogue is not just about what is being said but about what is being left unsaid.
    Brimming with imaginative springboards and hands-on exercises, Naming the World has everything you need to become a stronger, more inventive writer.
    "A delicious book. Imagine yourself at a cocktail party crammed with literary lions. You have the chance to spend a few moments with each of them. Wit and wisdom abound." -Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way "A highly useful and perceptive book. With charm and intelligence it touches on nearly every teachable aspect of the devilishly difficult art of writing." -Ethan Canin, professor of creative writing at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and author of Carry Me Across the Water "These entertaining and useful exercises, intelligently organized, are a boon for both beginning and experienced writers." -Andrea Barrett, National Book Award--winning author of The Air We Breathe "Forget about getting an MFA! For any writer struggling with his craft, here is the equivalent of a master class in writing by some of the best writer/teachers around." -Betsy Lerner, author of The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME 'Flawless storytelling... I love this novel' - John Irving Four years have passed since Justin Campbell's disappearance, a tragedy that rocked the small town of Southport, Texas. Did he run away? Was he kidnapped? Did he drown in the bay? As the Campbells search for answers, they struggle to hold what's left of their family together.

    Then one afternoon, the impossible happens. The police call to report that Justin has been found only miles away in a nearby town, and most important, he appears to be fine. And though the reunion is a miracle, Justin's homecoming exposes the deep rifts that have diminished his family, the wounds they all carry that may never fully heal. Trying to return to normal, his parents do their best to ease Justin back into his old life. But as thick summer heat takes hold, violent storms churn in the Gulf and in the Campbells' hearts. When a reversal of fortune lays bare the family's greatest fears - and offers perhaps their only hope for recovery - each of them must fight to keep the ties that bind them from permanently tearing apart.

    A gripping literary novel with the pace of a thriller, Remember Me Like This introduces Bret Anthony Johnston as a gifted storyteller. With his sophisticated and emotionally taut plot Johnston reveals how only in caring for each other, can we save ourselves.

  • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review Esquire BookPage A gripping novel with the pace of a thriller but the nuanced characterization and deep empathy of some of the literary canons most beloved novels, Remember Me Like This introduces Bret Anthony Johnston as one of the most gifted storytellers writing today. With his sophisticated and emotionally taut plot and his shimmering prose, Johnston reveals that only in caring for one another can we save ourselves.
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    Four years have passed since Justin Campbells disappearance, a tragedy that rocked the small town of Southport, Texas. Did he run away? Was he kidnapped? Did he drown in the bay? As the Campbells search for answers, they struggle to hold whats left of their family together.
    Then, one afternoon, the impossible happens. The police call to report that Justin has been found only miles away, in the neighboring town, and, most important, he appears to be fine. Though the reunion is a miracle, Justins homecoming exposes the deep rifts that have diminished his family, the wounds they all carry that may never fully heal. Trying to return to normal, his parents do their best to ease Justin back into his old life. But as thick summer heat takes hold, violent storms churn in the Gulf and in the Campbells hearts. When a reversal of fortune lays bare the familys greatest fears--and offers perhaps the only hope for recovery--each of them must fight to keep the ties that bind them from permanently tearing apart.
    Praise for Remember Me Like This Enthralling . . . [an] exquisitely moral mystery of how we struggle to accept and love the people we call family.--The New York Times Book Review (Editors Choice) I love this novel.--John Irving An achingly beautiful and psychologically insightful portrait of a family . . . [a] fully immersive novel in which the language is luminous and the delivery almost flawless.--The Boston Globe Riveting . . . [The novel] flows like it was plotted by Dennis Lehane but feels like it was written by Jonathan Franzen.--Esquire Tremendously moving . . . Theres real humanity in Johnstons writing, and its heartening to spend time with these folks as they relearn how to be a family.--Ron Charles, The Washington Post Deeply empathetic and masterfully constructed . . . a novel that has both the feel of a great epic and the focused intensity of standing on a highwire.--Salon From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS ('excellent' The Sunday Times - 'beautiful' Observer) Corpus Christi is 'A GORGEOUS, ACCOMPLISHED DEBUT' DAVID MITCHELL (Independent Books of the Year) In Corpus Christi, Texas - a town often hit by hurricanes - parents, children, and lovers come together and fall apart, bonded and battered by memories of loss that they feel as acutely as physical pain.
    A car accident joins strangers linked by an intimate knowledge of madness. A teenage boy remembers his father's act of sudden and self-righteous violence. A 'hurricane party' reunites a couple whom tragedy parted. And, in an unforgettable three-story cycle, an illness heals a man's relationship with his mother and reveals the odd, shifting fidelity of truth to love.
    Told in fresh, lyrical voices and taut, inventive styles, these narratives explore the complex volatility of love and intimacy, sorrow and renewal. Writing with tough humor, deep humanity, and a keen eye for the natural environment, Bret Anthony Johnston creates a world where cataclysmic events cut people loose from their 'regular lives, floating and spiraling away from where we had been the day before.' --- The extraordinarily ambitious debut of one of contemporary American most exquisitely talented voices, now available from Two Roads in a new paperback edition.

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