THE RE­TURNED

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One day the de­ceased start com­ing back to life. These aren’t Hol­ly­wood zom­bie types. In fact, they ap­pear iden­ti­cal to their for­mer liv­ing selves. Moth­ers, fa­thers, sis­ters, and broth­ers be­gin re­turn­ing to the front porches of the houses they had called home. For some, decades had passed, and for oth­ers, only a cou­ple of weeks. They ex­hibit con­fu­sion as to why they died. An in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion called The Bureau is formed by world lead­ers to de­ter­mine how to best han­dle the new in­flux of pop­u­la­tion. No­body is cer­tain what this means. The faith­ful are con­vinced it sig­nals the end of times. Civil un­rest grips the planet. In a small south­ern town, Harold and Lu­cilleHar­graves are re­united with their eightyearold son, who drowned in 1966. Writ­ten in smooth, dream­like prose this work of con­tem­po­rary fic­tion con­tains mo­ments of won­der, sad­ness, and emo­tion. (fic­tion)

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