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Today we celebrate the beautiful debut novel by Bret Anthony Johnston, REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS, out now in hardback.

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.

You can listen to extracts of the book on BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime beginning on June 23rd. The novel will be read by Clarke Peters, aka Lester Freamon from hit show The Wire (yup, that Lester!)

Find out more about the author and the book on Bret’s Facebook page: facebook.com/bajbooks

Today REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS is published in America and we couldn’t be more thrilled for Two Roads author Bret Anthony Johnston.

To celebrate, and to whet your appetite before the UK pub date of June 19th, here’s a quick round-up of the latest, brilliant praise we have received so far…

Set in a small community on the Texan Gulf, REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS is a gripping literary novel with the pace of a thriller, the story of a family coming back together after a kidnapped son comes home and lays bare the effects of his trauma as the book builds to a spectacular denouement over one long, hot summer.

Enthralling… I know the novel you’re looking for. It’s the thriller that also has interesting sentences. It’s the one with a driving plot but fully realized characters as well, the one that flows like it was plotted by Dennis Lehane but feels like it was written by Jonathan Franzen. The high-end potboiler. The literate page-turner. It’s a surprisingly rare breed even though it’s so obviously the novel we all want. Fortunately, there’s Bret Anthony Johnston’s Remember Me Like This… It has all the features of a trashy psychological thriller, but with all the resources of literary fiction brought to bear on the psychologies in question… The plot in Remember Me Like This is interstitially tied in to the psychological details of the characters, and that’s what makes it interesting. Johnston has a gift for creating characters that are perfectly ordinary but also deeply peculiar… In the end, the high literary technique and the pulp elements of Remember Me Like This contribute so seamlessly to each other you wonder how they got separate in the first place. It doesn’t need a name. It’s just good to read. – Esquire

This portrayal of a family struggling through what should be its happiest moment is tremendously movingthere’s real humanity in Johnston’s writing, and it’s heartening to spend time with these folks as they relearn how to be a family. Rendered in these compassionate, candid chapters, theirs is a struggle that speaks to those of us who have endured far less. – Ron Charles, Washington Post

And just in case you are not following Bret’s adventures on Facebook, here’s a recent post that explains why you should…

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