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The Cradle: A Novel
by Patrick Somerville

Published: 2009-03-09
Hardcover : 208 pages
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Early one summer morning, Matthew Bishop kisses his still-sleeping wife Marissa, gets dressed and eases his truck through Milwaukee, bound for the highway. His wife, pregnant with their first child, has asked him to find the antique cradle taken years before by her mother Caroline when ...
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(Early one summer morning, Matthew Bishop kisses his still-sleeping wife Marissa, gets dressed and eases his truck through Milwaukee, bound for the highway. His wife, pregnant with their first child, has asked him to find the antique cradle taken years before by her mother Caroline when she abandoned Marissa, never to contact her daughter again. Soon to be a mother herself, Marissa now dreams of nothing else but bringing her baby home to the cradle she herself slept in. His wife does not know-does not want to know-where her mother lives, but Matt has an address for Caroline's sister near by and with any luck, he will be home in time for dinner.

Only as Matt tries to track down his wife's mother, he discovers that Caroline, upon leaving Marissa, has led a life increasingly plagued by impulse and irrationality, a mysterious life that grows more inexplicable with each new lead Matt gains, and door he enters. As hours turn into days and Caroline's trail takes Matt from Wisconsin to Minnesota, Illinois, and beyond in search of the cradle, Matt makes a discovery that will forever change Marissa's life, and faces a decision that will challenge everything he has ever known.

Elegant and astonishing, Patrick Somerville tells the story of one man's journey into the heart of marriage, parenthood, and what it means to be a family. Confirming the arrival of an exuberantly talented new writer, THE CRADLE is an uniquely imaginative debut novel that radiates with wisdom and wonder.

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  "A mystery that do not engage..."by mpaniaguatej (see profile) 11/29/10

When I read the argument I was very excited to start reading it, but it took me one month to read a 200 pages book11...Slow and not engaging at all.

 
  "THE CRADLE"by SallyAnn (see profile) 04/28/09

From the very first page I was drawn in by Patrick Somerville's characters. As Matt goes to look for a cradle that Marissa’s mother had absconded when she left, we see the story start to h... (read more)

 
  "Somerville is a crafty writer, every page is a beautiful piece"by vamp1067 (see profile) 04/19/09

Matthew, a most wonderful husband, is given the task of finding his wife's long lost baby cradle. They're expecting their first baby and Marissa must have that cradle. He accepts only because he loves... (read more)

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