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the night the river wept

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From the author of The Floating Girls, a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and a Reader's Digest Editor's Pick, Lo Patrick has once again crafted a story bursting with charm, heartbreak, and memorable characters that leap off the page, a true delight for fans of Southern fiction.

a novel

Everybody's got good and bad in them. In the end, it just depends which side wins out.

Arlene has lived in a small town on the edge of nowhere Georgia her whole life. Now married to her long-time high school sweetheart, Tommy, Arlene is itching to start a family and become the mother she always dreamed of being. But that's proving more difficult than she thought, and Arlene is desperate to find something to do to keep her mind off things. And get some distance from her husband, who is increasingly getting on her nerves.

As the summer gives way to a chilly, lonesome fall up in the mountains of northern Georgia, she takes a part-time job bagging evidence at the local police department, which involves about twenty minutes of actual work, and the rest of her shift she reads over old cold cases. One in particular fascinates her: the mysterious deaths of three young brothers murdered on Deck River, followed by the suicide of Mitchell Wright, the prime suspect in the murders.

Arlene becomes obsessed with the case, and with the help of the police department's receptionist and a family friend of the Wrights, she sets out on discovering the truth. She can't help but feel that if she solves the case of the Broderick boys' deaths, she'll find her footing in her young marriage and maybe find what she's been looking for all along.

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"Haunting and unputdownable, The Night the River Wept is a gritty rendering of small town tragedy and the far-reaching shadows it casts. Lo Patrick writes a stubbonly resilient heroine determined to untangle the secrets of a forgotten past and skillfully leads the reader along a twisty path to an unexpected yet satisfying ending!"

–– Laura Barrow, author of Call the Canaries Home

"The Night the River Wept is a page-turning exploration of small-town secrets and the far-reaching effects of tragedy. With wit and wisdom, Lo Patrick weaves an unforgettable story of heartbreak, love, and second changes - and proves herself as a compelling new voice in southern fiction."

–– Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer of Songbirds

"Lo Patrick introduces us to vivid characters populating an authentic small Georgia town, their lives tangled like kudzu vines. The Night the River Wept is an intriguing mystery that will have you turning pages until the wee hours of the morning."

–– Beth Duke, bestselling author of It All Comes Back to YouTapestry, and Dark Enough to See the Stars

"Lo Patrick's sophomore novel, set in a small Southern town, explores what drives us to murder and how solving the mysteries of the past can captivate and even unite strangers. The tragic killing of three boys has repercussions that resonate through the town of Faber and in the heart of Arlene. On a journey of personal growth and redemption that pulls the reader along, Arlene becomes obsessed with solving the long cold case, and with her neighbors and coworkers who still live with the trauma of it. This is a gripping portrayal of a small town where everyone has their secrets and the lines between guilty and innocent blur."

–– Quinn Connor, author of Cicadas Sing of Summer Graves

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