THE PROMISED WORLD by Lisa Tucker
Publisher Atria Books, September 2009
Lisa Tucker captures the hidden
heart of the modern family. In her widely acclaimed novels, she has
established her unique gift for depicting the bewildering nature of love,
the poignant quest to belong, and the deep desire for a place to call home.
Now from the bestselling author of The Cure for Modern Life and
Once Upon a Day comes a riveting story of suspense about a literature
professor whose carefully constructed life is shattered after the death of
her twin brother and the unraveling of the secret world they shared.
On a March afternoon, while Lila Cole is working in her quiet office, her
twin brother Billy points an unloaded rifle out of a hotel window, closing
down a city block. "Suicide by police" was obviously Billy's intended
result, but the aftermath of his death brings shock after shock for Lila
when she discovers that her brilliant but troubled twin -- the person she
revered and was closer to than anyone in the world -- was not only estranged
from his wife, but also charged with endangering the life of his middle
child and namesake, eight-year-old William.
As Lila struggles to figure out what was truth and what was fiction in her
brother's complicated past, her job, her marriage, and even her sanity will
be put at risk. And when the hidden meaning behind Billy's stories comes to
light, she will have to act before Billy's children are destroyed by the
same heartbreaking reality that shattered her protector and twin more than
twenty years ago.
A love song to the redemptive power ofbooks and stories, THE PROMISED WORLD
is a mesmerizing tale of intimacy, betrayal, and lost innocence that will
haunt readers long after they have turned the final page.