“A superlative book. . . . I didn’t want it to end. I absolutely loved it.”
—PAULA HAWKINS, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
“Liz Moore’s Long Bright River is both sweeping and unbearably intimate. . . Not to be missed.”
—MEGAN ABBOTT, author of You Will Know Me
Prize-winning writer Liz Moore has dazzled readers and critics alike with her literary novels for over ten years, impressing them with her “fiercely intelligent” (New York Times Book Review) storytelling and earning the reputation as a novelist who “writes with compassion and emotional insight but resists sentimentality” (People). Mary Gordon has praised Moore’s “rare originality and sophistication,” Colum McCann named her “one of our fine young voices,” and Russell Banks declared: “Liz Moore is the real deal.” All of Moore’s novels have proved a unique ability to craft a captivating page-turner that builds suspense as much as it builds empathy. Now from this remarkable writer comes the ambitious, landmark novel LONG BRIGHT RIVER—on-sale January 7, 2020—a gripping story about two sisters that masterfully blends the heart-pounding pace and drama of crime fiction with the emotional intimacy of a family story. Fiercely battled over by publishers and with Sony signed on for the film rights, this highly anticipated novel is already one of the buzziest books of 2020. Having won the love of heavyweights Dennis Lehane, Paula Hawkins and Megan Abbott, as well as widespread early excitement among booksellers nationwide, this momentous publication is poised to catapult Liz Moore to even greater audiences.
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Set against a vivid neighborhood in Philadelphia rocked by the opioid crisis, Liz Moore does for Philly in LONG BRIGHT RIVER what Lehane does for Boston or Richard Price does for the Lower East Side: gives readers a gritty, cinematic, street-level crime story so integrated into its setting, the place is almost a character itself. At the heart of the novel are two sisters who occupy the exact same neighborhood, but leading drastically different lives: one is a police officer, while the other suffers from heroin addiction and lives on the streets. Once inseparable, they haven’t spoken for years, but when women start being murdered in the area and one sister goes missing, the other must risk everything to figure out what happened and to save her sister.
LONG BRIGHT RIVER redefines the literary thriller in the way that only Liz Moore can with a plot as propulsive and complex as The Wire, that is also “an incisive, insightful, and compassionate examination of the complexities of family and identity” (Boston Globe). As Emilie Sommer of East City Bookshop in Washington, DC observed: “This is not just a mystery; it is a masterpiece.” Drawing on deeply personal volunteer work she has done in the Philadelphia neighborhood on which the novel centers, Moore brings an intimate knowledge and sensitivity to a narrative that is “as heartbreaking as it is lovely” (Vox), at times deeply sad, graphically honest though always dignified. At a time when opioid addiction is touching nearly every family in America, LONG BRIGHT RIVER puts a human face on the effect that addiction can have not just on the victim but on their friends, community, and family, for generations.