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Reservation Road
A Novel
by John Burnham Schwartz

"Haunting.... Powerful and affecting." --The New York Times

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  • About the Film

    Now a major motion picture from Random House Films and Focus Features, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connolly, and Mira Sorvino, and directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda).

    About the Book

    A New York Times Notable Book

    A cycle of violence and retribution is set in motion as two haunted men are engulfed by the emotions surrounding an unexpected and horrendous death.

    Ethan, a respected professor at a small New England college, is wracked by an obsession for revenge that threatens to tear his family apart. Dwight, fleeing his crime yet hoping to get caught, wrestles with overwhelming guilt and his sense of obligation to his son. As these two men's lives unravel, Reservation Road moves to its startling conclusion.

    "A dark and irresistible miracle: a heartbreaking thriller." --Los Angeles Times

    "Thrums with suspense and moral ambiguity.... This is one of those rare...novels that you don't so much read as inhabit and that makes everyday life seem altogether mysterious."
    --Entertainment Weekly

    "A triumph...character-driven.... Swift and complete."
    --The New York Times Book Review

    About the Author

    John Burnham Schwartz is the author of Bicycle Days, Reservation Road, and Claire Marvel, all of which have been translated into more than ten languages. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and Vogue. He lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn, New York.



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