The possible world : a novel / Liese O'Halloran Schwarz.

"A novel set in Rhode Island over the course of a century about a young boy, an ER doctor, and an elderly woman, and how their lives converge in the aftermath of a brutal murder."--

Main Author: Schwarz, Liese O'Halloran,
Published: New York : Scribner, 2018.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition June 2018
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Review by Booklist Review

Schwarz's second novel (after Near Canaan, 1990) powerfully intertwines the stories of three apparent strangers. Ben is a bright and precocious 6-year-old when he attends a friend's birthday party and becomes the only survivor of the murderous rampage that also took the life of his mother. The trauma of the incident has left him with no memory of the event or any of his life before arriving at the hospital. Lucy, a trauma resident, feels a strong connection to Ben, but she isn't sure exactly why or how she can help him. She's not exactly in the best place to heal a child with severe psychological trauma. She can barely handle her own. In a nearby nursing home, Clare is about to turn 100 years old. No one alive really knows her, not even her real name and that's how she likes it. But if no one is left to tell her story, will she have really ever lived? Schwarz blends beautifully crafted prose with three highly compelling tales into one overarching saga of loss and memory.--Platt, Diana Copyright 2018 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.