The Things That Keep Us Here

The Things That Keep Us Here

Book - 2010
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How far would you go to protect your family?
Ann Brooks never thought she'd have to answer that question. Then she found her limits tested by a crisis no one could prevent. Now, as her neighborhood descends into panic, she must make tough choices to protect everyone she loves from a threat she cannot even see. In this chillingly urgent novel, Carla Buckley confronts us with the terrifying decisions we are forced to make when ordinary life changes overnight.
A year ago, Ann and Peter Brooks were just another unhappily married couple trying-and failing-to keep their relationship together while they raised two young daughters. Now the world around them is about to be shaken as Peter, a university researcher, comes to a startling realization: A virulent pandemic has made the terrible leap across the ocean to America's heartland.
And it is killing fifty out of every hundred people it touches.
As their town goes into lockdown, Peter is forced to return home-with his beautiful graduate assistant. But the Brookses' safe suburban world is no longer the refuge it once was. Food grows scarce, and neighbor turns against neighbor in grocery stores and at gas pumps. And then a winter storm strikes, and the community is left huddling in the dark.
Trapped inside the house she once called home, Ann Brooks must make life-or-death decisions in an environment where opening a door to a neighbor could threaten all the things she holds dear.
Carla Buckley's poignant debut raises important questions to which there are no easy answers, in an emotionally riveting tale of one family facing unimaginable stress.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780440245094
0440245095
Branch Call Number: FIC Buckl 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 406 p

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dollfacecrafter Jul 17, 2012

AWESOME READ, engrossing story

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mochacinos
Jun 28, 2012

This is an amazing book!! It is soo well written and engrossing! I read it in one sitting because I could not put it down! It really gives you a lot to think about.

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jeckert
Mar 28, 2010

What would happen if a pandemic threatened the health of humans throughout the world?

What if a virus that doesn't normally affect humans or that typically isn't serious suddenly becomes lethal and quickly spreads across the population?

What if the initial steps taken by countries across the globe fails to isolate it?

What if cities across the country go into lock-down - schools and businesses close, and travel is banned?

And finally: what if, on top of all this, your area is hit by a severe snow storm that blankets everything with deep snow and knocks out the power?

What makes this a good book isn't just the story, it is the eerie fact that something like this could actually happen today. Pandemics, such as the one that occurred in 1918, are a real and scary phenomena, and the author realistically illustrates what such an event would look like in modern times.

This is the best book I've read so far this year (as of April 2010) which is why I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good read. Unless, of course, you happen to be a paranoid germ-o-phobe, in which case you may want to reconsider!

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