All Things Cease to Appear
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By Elizabeth Brundage

fiction | 400 pages | Published in 2016

A dark, riveting, beautifully written book—by “a brilliant novelist” according to Richard Bausch—that combines noir and the gothic in a story about two families entwined in their own unhappiness, with, at its heart, a gruesome and unsolved murder.Late one winter afternoon in upstate New York, George Clare comes home to find his wife killed and their three-year-old daughter alone—for how many hours?—in her room across the hall. He had recently, begrudgingly, taken a position at a nearby private college (far too expensive for local kids to attend) teaching art history, and moved his family into a tight-knit, impoverished town that has lately been discovered by wealthy outsiders in search of a rural idyll.George is of course the immediate suspect—the question of his guilt echoing in a story shot through with secrets both personal and professional. While his parents rescue him from suspicion, a persistent cop is stymied at every turn in proving Clare a heartless murderer. And three teenage brothers (orphaned by tragic circumstances) find themselves entangled in this mystery, not least because the Clares had moved into their childhood home, a once-thriving dairy farm. The pall of death is ongoing, and relentless; behind one crime there are others, and more than twenty years will pass before a hard kind of justice is finally served. A rich and complex portrait of a psychopath and a marriage, this is also an astute study of the various taints that can scar very different families, and even an entire community. Elizabeth Brundage is an essential talent who has given us a true modern classic.

ISBN_13:9781101875599

Quotes

We are all flawed creatures, all of us. Some of us think that means we should punish ourselves. But then we just end up punishing everyone around us.

Elizabeth Brundage

The mind is a slippery thing, slippery as a fish, and if a person can't get hold of the mind, well, that's a problem.

Elizabeth Brundage

Sometimes you have to leave a place to see it clearly.

Elizabeth Brundage

The past can't be changed, can it? So what difference does it make?

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Love is never wasted, even when it's misplaced.

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People aren't good or bad. People are just people.

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The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low.

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Time is a funny thing. It can stretch out when you think you've got nothing left. And then just when you're at your lowest ebb, the bell rings and you're saved.

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The heart knows things, too. It's just a different kind of knowing.

Elizabeth Brundage

Grief is a strange thing. It's like a fog that settles on everything, making it hard to see.

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