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The Fall of Lisa Bellow
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The breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do—when a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in unforgettable ways.
What happens to the girl left behind?

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she trembles face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow—the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. Lying there, Meredith is utterly convinced she will die. But then the gunman orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith cowering in the wake of a life-altering near-tragedy.

As the community stages vigils and search parties for Lisa Bellow, Meredith spends days shut away in her room, hiding in the dark landscape of her imagination. Meredith's mother, Claire, can see that her daughter is irreparably changed—she is here, but not. And as Claire grows more and more desperate to reach her, it becomes clear that Meredith is in a place where Claire can't go, searching for Lisa Bellow where no one else can.

The Fall of Lisa Bellow is a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing and makes sense of the nonsensical. In this "daring" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), "sharp, and suspenseful" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly captivating and achingly beautiful" (Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia) novel, the critically acclaimed Susan Perabo asserts herself yet again as an engrossing storyteller and a master at cracking open the human psyche.
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Unabridged
Street Date:
03/14/2017
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English
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Susan Perabo. (2017). The Fall of Lisa Bellow. Unabridged Simon & Schuster Audio.

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Susan Perabo. 2017. The Fall of Lisa Bellow. Simon & Schuster Audio.

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What happens to the girl left behind?

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she trembles face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow—the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. Lying there, Meredith is utterly convinced she will die. But then the gunman orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith cowering in the wake of a life-altering near-tragedy.

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What happens to the girl left behind?

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she trembles face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow—the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. Lying there, Meredith is utterly convinced she will die. But then the gunman orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith cowering in the wake of a life-altering near-tragedy.

As the community stages vigils and search parties for Lisa Bellow, Meredith spends days shut away in her room, hiding in the dark landscape of her imagination. Meredith's mother, Claire, can see that her daughter is irreparably changed—she is here, but not. And as Claire grows more and more desperate to reach her, it becomes clear that Meredith is in a place where Claire can't go, searching for Lisa Bellow where no one else can.

The Fall of Lisa Bellow is a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing and makes sense of the nonsensical. In this "daring" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), "sharp, and suspenseful" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly captivating and achingly beautiful" (Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia) novel, the critically acclaimed Susan Perabo asserts herself yet again as an engrossing storyteller and a master at cracking open the human psyche.
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        January 9, 2017
        A middle-class suburban family, comfortable in a life that has provided them with “a lovely home and roomy van and a reliable second car,” is the subject of the sharp and suspenseful novel from the author of The Broken Places. Parents Claire and Mark, who share a dental practice, have just begun to recover from a freak baseball-practice accident that has left their son, high school senior Evan, nearly blind in one eye when their daughter, 13-year-old Meredith, finds herself the victim of an armed robbery at a local deli. During the incident Meredith’s classmate Lisa is kidnapped, while Meredith is left lying on the floor. Traumatized, over the next few months she retreats gradually into her own imaginary world. The novel’s tension arises as much from Perabo’s insight into a complex and changing family dynamic as from the horror of an unusual but believable situation. Perabo’s female characters are particularly strong. Meredith’s struggles to make sense of the middle-school social hierarchy parallel Claire’s efforts to overcome her ambivalence about motherhood, and both are heightened by the attack and its aftermath. Survivor’s guilt takes on a unique form here, as the novel plays with the reader’s understanding of what is actually going on in Meredith’s world. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Agency

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      • content: This fast-paced audiobook recounts the Oliver family's attempts to deal with the traumatic abduction of their eighth-grade daughter Meredith's classmate, Lisa. The well-developed characters--including Meredith's parents, Claire and Mark, and her brother, Evan--are portrayed with care and empathy by Madeleine Maby. Maby finds unique and appropriate voices for the adults and kids who are haunted by the tragic event. Creating humor and sympathy in a very human way, she strongly portrays the helplessness of all involved. Delivering the thoughts and feelings of Meredith and Claire, Maby encourages listeners to think about how mother and daughter view life and its unpredictable elements. Maby's well-paced reading and authentic emotions add vigor to the well-written story. S.C.A. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine
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