The Cradle

The Cradle

eBook - 2009
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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 writer, The Cradle is an uniquely imaginative debut novel that radiates with wisdom and wonder.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Co., c2009.
Edition: 1st eBook ed.
ISBN: 9780316072632


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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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