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The Resurrectionists

A Novel

The Booker and IMPAC Prize-nominated author of The Keepers of Truth delivers a haunting novel of psychological suspense about a wayward family's search for salvation in an America that has left them behind.

The solitude of the Upper Michigan Peninsula is Michael Collins's heart of darkness in this compelling story of the unquiet dead. Almost thirty years ago, when Frank Cassidy was five, his parents burned to death in a remote Michigan town. Now Frank's uncle is dead too, shot by a mysterious stranger who lies in a coma in the local hospital. Frank, working menial jobs to support his unfaithful wife and two children, takes his family north in a series of stolen cars to dispute his cousin's claim on the family farm. Once there, however, Frank also wants answers to questions about his own past: Who really set the fire that burned the family home and killed his parents? Will the stranger, who hangs between life and death, be able to shed light on long-buried secrets?
As the television blares the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, news of Jim Jones, and endless sitcom reruns, simple answers -- and the promise of the American dream -- seem to recede from Frank's grasp. Brilliant and unsettling, The Resurrectionists is an ironic yet chilling indictment of American culture in the seventies and a compassionate novel about a man struggling to overcome the crimes and burdens of his past.

The Sunday Telegraph All American life is here. Michael Collins has captured its quirks, its daily rhythms, its underlying despair, and most impressively of all, its quiet optimism. In the margins of an exciting story well told, he has illuminated a whole way of life.

The Dubliner A highly accomplished, even a brilliant book.

The Sunday Independent (Ireland) Collins is a chronicler of small Americana and the downbeat drifters that have been passing through ever since The Grapes of Wrath. Six decades after the photographic bleakness of Steinbeck's desolate depression landscapes, there's a cinematic precision about Collins's description of brassy diners, beat-up Chevys, windswept gas stations, and tumbleweed skittering down empty streets.

New Statesman The thinking man's John Grisham.

The Observer Like Raymond Carver, Collins is interested in how lives of quiet desperation are lived.

The Times Literary Supplement Collins, continuing the journey into the American past that he began with his earlier, Booker-shortlisted novel The Keepers of Truth, promises to become a potent storyteller and a gripping observer of America's long malaise.

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