Lisa Highton of Two Roads has acquired REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS, the much-anticipated debut novel from Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, Bret Anthony Johnston. A compelling exploration of human morality, the novel is set on the Texan Gulf over one long, hot summer, where abducted teenager Justin Campbell’s reappearance after four years missing feels like a miracle to his family, but also lays bare the effects of his trauma, as the book builds to a spectacular denouement.
Two Roads Publisher Lisa Highton says: ‘Oh the joy when a book like this comes along. Finding a writer as talented and a storyteller this assured is a gift, and one of the many pleasures of being both a publisher and a reader.’
Bret Anthony Johnston says: ‘I am exceedingly thrilled that REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS has found its home with Two Roads. I could not dream up a better publisher for the novel, a novel that is in many ways about the life of a place, its stories and voices.’
Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was described by David Mitchell as ‘a gorgeous accomplished debut’ and named a Best Book of the Year by the Independent and the Irish Times, and the editor of Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work appears in the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honour from the National Book Foundation. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where is the Director of Creative Writing.
Highton acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Joelle Dieu at Random House US where it will be published by Kendra Harpster next year. Already praised by Alice Sebold, Tom Perotta and more, REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS will be published by Two Roads in July
‘In this deeply nuanced portrait of an American family, Bret Anthony Johnston fearlessly explores the truth behind a mythic happy ending. In REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS, Johnston presents an incisive dismantling of an all too comforting fallacy: that in being found we are no longer lost.’ Alice Sebold, author of the Lovely Bones
‘You could say that this book is ripped from the headlines, but that wouldn't be fair. Bret Anthony Johnston's riveting novel picks up where the tabloids leave off, and takes us places even the best journalism can't go. REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS is a wise, moving, and troubling novel about family and identity, and a clear-eyed inventory of loss and redemption.’ Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Leftovers
‘This mesmerizing story of loss and redemption on Texas's Gulf Coast will take you in and hold you and not let go until it's done with you, leaving you wiping at your eyes with the kind of soul-gratitude that comes only after experiencing true art.’ Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog
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