The Cradle

The Cradle

A Novel

Paperback - 2010
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In the summer of 1997, a newlywed couple, Matt and Marissa, are living in Wisconsin and expecting their first child. With the baby almost due, Marissa sends Matt on a quest to recover an antique cradle from her mother, who claimed it when she abandoned her family years earlier. Ten years later, a middle-aged couple, Bill and Renee, are living outside Chicago and preparing to see their only son, Adam, off to war in Iraq. Adam's departure brings to the surface deeply personal memories of Renee's first love, and forces the confession of a long-held secret that brings the two stories together in the novel's powerful climax.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, 2010.
Edition: 1st Back Bay trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780316036115
Characteristics: 204, 7 p. ; 21 cm.


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ChiPubLib_Adults Oct 09, 2013

Matt sets off on a search for an old Civil War era cradle, the very cradle his wife was rocked in as a baby. Somerville interweaves storylines demonstrating the intricacies of human relationships in this immensely satisfying read.

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Jun 03, 2016

This is an easy, pleasant read. The twist at the end feels a little far-fetched, but overall it's a nice family story with a happy ending.


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