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The year that follows : a novel
Scott Lasser
Adult Fiction LASSER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A daughter and her father navigate "the year that follows" September 11, revealing secrets and healing old wounds in this slightly higher-brow Nicholas Sparks-ian melodrama. Single mother Cat searches for the orphaned child of her brother, Kyle, after Kyle died on 9/11 in one of the towers. Turns out Kyle had confessed to Cat the night before that he believes he is a father, and that the child's mother worked in the World Trade Center. A year after the attack and with no orphan located, Cat's father, Sam, a widowed former military man dying of heart disease, invites Cat to join him in marking the anniversary of Kyle's death. Both Cat and Sam embark on emotional journeys toward each other and reconciliation, and along the way they each find love. The numerous sappy passages don't do any favors for a book with an already maudlin premise. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In his latest, Lasser (All I Could Get) deals with the harrowing aftereffects of 9/11, but this is not the whole story. He skillfully incorporates those awful events into a human story that deals with tragedy but offers hope, making everyone's broken life seem fixable while reminding us that death and loss happen all the time. A single woman, Cat, and her father, Sam, struggle with their relationship after the death of Cat's brother Kyle on 9/11 and with a mystery he left behind: Cat must track down an orphaned infant son she didn't know Kyle had. As the story deepens with flashbacks, remembrances, and surprises, it gains an irrefutable momentum that builds to the last page. In the end, the book clarifies the importance of family and shows us that what really matters after a tragedy is "the year that follows"-how we deal with the consequences. There are few books this reviewer is compelled to finish in one sitting, and this was one of them.-Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Searching for her late brother's orphaned infant son; visits her father who reveals he has a secret he wants to share with her.

Age: 80
Cat's father; dying from heart disease; has a secret he has been keeping all of his life; wants to reconcile with his daughter.

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