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The Cradle: A Novel

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A book by Patrick Somerville

An elusive heirloom cradle symbolizes childhood's pains and possibilities in Somerville's spare, elegant first novel (after a story collection,Trouble). Marissa, pregnant with her first child, becomes obsessed with tracking down the antique cradle her … see full wiki

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Author: Patrick Somerville
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
1 review about The Cradle: A Novel

Hoping for a sequel

  • Mar 3, 2009
In an intricately woven debut novel by Patrick Somerville, readers get a glimpse into two families.

Matthew and Marissa are expecting a baby. Marissa, determined to rock her baby in the same cradle she laid in as an infant, sends her husband on an adventure to locate the missing item. Marissa learns that the item she wants isn't necessarily the item that is missing from her life.

Children's author, Renee watches her beloved son leave to serve overseas in the military and this event opens a sea of feelings she had dammed up for decades. Renee finds a way to work through the pass when she least expected to.

The stories are about putting closure on the past. About new beginnings and about what people will do for those who they love.

The writing in this novel is well done. The story flows almost effortless. After the first 50 pages, I couldn't put the book down. A wonderful read that is creative and unique. I love the ending because it is so open ended. A sequel would be great!

Five stars and I highly recommend this book. No disappointments for me whatsoever.

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