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"When I finished the last page of Christopher's Coake's amazing new novel, I set the book down with a sense of wonder. There's a ghost in this story, to be sure, but this remarkable author is less concerned with the supernatural than with the all-too-too real specters that haunt us all-the ghosts of our former selves, the ghosts of the lives we might have lived had just a few things turned out differently. YOU CAME BACK will stay with me forever. What an incredible writer."―Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There and I'm Looking Through You
"Sometimes when you're reading these stories, you forget to breathe...They're beautifully written, and they have bottom, but they're never dull and they all contain striking and dramatic narrative ideas." (Praise for We're in Trouble)―Nick Hornby, author of A Long Way Down, in The Believer
"Uncanny, clear-eyed...[Coake] is wildly engaging as he explores one theme--love in the face of harrowing death (or near-death)--from seemingly every angle. A-." (Praise for We're in Trouble)―Entertainment Weekly
"In his striking debut collection, Coake considers how character is revealed under pressure...With unadorned but dramatic, economical prose, Coake explores the human capacity for altruism and cowardice in these high-stakes tales." (Praise for We're in Trouble)―Publisher's Weekly
"Gripping reading from a talented newcomer." (Praise for We're in Trouble)―Booklist
Christopher Coake is the author of WE'RE IN TROUBLE, which was chosen for the PEN/Bingham Award of 2005. In addition, Coake was among "Granta's Best of Young American Novelists" in 2007. His stories have been published in several literary journals. A native Hoosier, he received his M.F.A. in fiction from Ohio State University. He now lives in Reno, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Nevada.
This was an insightful and emotionally charged book. If you have ever experienced the emotional gambit that comes with the death of someone you love, then you will fully connect... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Annie Dallett
Compelling. Exciting. Thoughtful. Certainly well written. I will look forward to more novels by Coake.Published 8 months ago by renohack
Seven years ago, Mark and Chloe lost their son, Brendan, to a terrible accident. Not long afterward, they divorced and left their family home. It was so full of memories. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sandra Brazier
This started off really good but I found the ending to be quite annoying and unfulfilling.Published 14 months ago by Nirvookix
This was a great book but it really leaves you hanging. I honestly love it but I also hate itPublished 17 months ago by Amy Norwood
Christopher Coake's transition from short stories to novel has clearly gone very well. I found the story extremely well written and the book was hard to put down.Published 21 months ago by J. Mane
Awful ending. All that build up and it just falls flat. The title isnt fitting...the author missed the mark. Thankfully, this was a library book.Published 22 months ago by karyn