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The Year That Follows Reviews

“In his latest, Lasser deals with the harrowing aftereffects of 9/11, but this is not the whole story…As the story deepens…it gains an irrefutable momentum that builds to the last page…There are very few books this reviewer is compelled to finish in one sitting, and this is one of them.” –Henry Bankhead, Library Journal

“A taut, masterfully controlled and profoundly moving novel about family ties—blood or otherwise… A novel with barely a wasted word or an emotion that doesn’t ring true.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Add Lasser’s gripping yet subtle family drama to the list of 9/11 novels, and rank it high for emotional power and zero exploitation… Getting to know Lasser’s complex and affecting characters is a profound pleasure, as is his radiant understanding of intimate relationships between parents and children and men and women. The strong, sure current of his magnetizing prose delivers one stunning revelation after another.” –Donna Seamon, Booklist starred review

“Scott Lasser’s succinct writing underscores the quiet emotional intensity of “The Year That Follows,” his tender novel about the powerful, complicated ties of family.” –Diane White, The Boston Globe

“A rich, complex tribute to the forces that bind families together and too often tear them apart.”–James Pressley, Bloomberg

“I couldn’t put Scott Lasser’s The Year that Follows down. The characters were vivid, and the drama moving. One of the great gifts of the book is that it brings to life a haunting story in a way that is thoroughly uplifting. One of the best novels about loss I’ve ever read.” —Anita Shreve, author of Testimony and The Pilot’s Wife

“I’M A BIT WARY of anything that’s billed as a 9/11 novel. But that’s bound to change as a result of Scott Lasser’s “The Year That Follows,” the poignant story of a woman’s search for her brother’s lost son, orphaned in the wake of the bond trader’s death in the attack on the World Trade Center… Lasser’s spare, evocative prose lends grace to this moving tale of the enduring bonds of family that even tragedy can’t diminish.”–Kurt Rabin, The Free-Lance Star (VA)

“The Year that Follows introduces readers to a cast of flawed, good people struggling to mine meaning from the tragic loss of 9/11 as, step by tentative step, they move toward an altered future. Scott Lasser’s life affirming novel is stirring, poignant, and quietly profound.” —Wally Lamb, author of The Hour I First Believed

“It’s a quick read that examines family through characters anxious to find heritage and common bonds. It’ll stay on the bookshelf for years.” –Daily Candy, Washington, 6/9/09

Required Reading, The New York Post 6/21/09