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Twelve years after a tragic accident and a cover-up that led to prison time, Dwight Arno, now fifty, is a man who has started over without exactly moving on. Living alone in California, haunted yet keeping his head down, Dwight manages a sporting goods store and dates a woman to whom he hasn't revealed the truth about his past. Then an unexpected arrival throws his life into turmoil, exposes all that he's hidden, and dares him to earn forgiveness from those he has damaged. Sam, Dwight's estranged college-age son, has shown up without warning, fleeing a devastating incident in his own life. In its own way, Sam's sense of guilt is as crushing as his father's. As the two men are forced to confront their natures and their half-buried hopes for connection, they also must search for redemption and love. In turn, they transform the lives of the women around them: the ex-wives, mothers, and lovers to whom they have turned in their attempts to rewrite, outrun, or eradicate the past.

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The masterly Northwest Corner is that finest of things-a moral novel about mortal events (Dennis Lehane)

I was enthralled by Northwest Corner, reluctant to tear myself away even for a moment from a tale so delicately assembled, so well paced. Schwartz evokes Steinbeck and Updike in his magical ability to weave, out of a regional story of family, a broader chronicle of America. I had a sense on every page of a writer whose abilities are at their peak, the parts of this tale interlocking just so, and yet being anything but predictable as Schwartz defines the nature of atonement, the many shades of love, and the face of redemption. (Abraham Verghese author of Cutting for Stone)

Stark and deeply effecting . . . readers will grow to care deeply about whether and how [the characters'] lives can be redeemed (Kirkus Reviews)

Families may exist just to witness one another's disappointments, and the tribes in John Burham Schwartz's riveting, poetic new novel have plenty to gawk and wonder at. This is the first set of characters I've come across in years to compelt attention not just with outside action, of which there is plenty, but with psychological depths that reward study. It's rife with tragedies and redemptions, a wise book without being wise-assed, and you should read it. (Mary Karr)

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A moving and stunningly well reviewed novel of love, redemption and the power of family bonds.

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