Jason Mott Answers Your Questions About The Returned: Episode 3
Jason Mott‘s New York Times bestselling debut novel The Returned sure has people talking! If you’re one of the many readers who discovered this thought-provoking book, you probably have some questions you’d like to ask the author. Fortunately, Jason kindly agreed to answer some reader questions about the novel and his writing in a series of videos for the Harlequin Blog.
Today, Jason answers his third question from reader Patty: How long did it take you to write The Returned?
For more about The Returned, check out this Q&A with Jason and www.Harlequin.com/TheReturned for an extended excerpt, trailer and more. And watch more replies to reader questions in Episode One and Episode Two.
Do you have a question about The Returned?
Submit your question right here on the Harlequin Blog, or in the Harlequin Community, Harlequin’s Facebook page or Twitter using hashtag #TheReturnedNovel and it could be answered by Jason Mott in a future video!
“Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That’s what all the Returned were.”
Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.
All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he’s their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.
With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.