Title: Northwest Corner
Author: John Burnham Schwartz
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Random House
Source: Staci-Life in the Thumb
Setting: CT and CA
Date Completed: July/2012
Rating: 4/5Recommend: yes
Northwest Corner is a follow up novel to Reservation Road (1998); it was also made into a movie. In the earlier novel Dwight Arno was an attorney in Connecticut who was involved in a fatal hit and run accident which resulted in the death of 10 year-old Josh Learner. The boy a second grader was the classmate of Dwight's son Sam.
In this follow-up novel it is now 2006 and some 12 years have passed since the horrible accident. Since that time Dwight has spent 2.5 years in prison, is divorced and now lives in California. He has gone from attorney to shoe store manager and is dating a literature professor who isn't aware of his past. Dwight hasn't seen his son Sam since he was sent off to prison either.
Sam has a violent streak and has recently been expelled from college (UCONN) after he seriously injured another student with a baseball bat after an incident in a bar after a ball game. Sam flees the area while the other young man fights for his life, and heads to California to seek out his father.
Northwest Corner is an addictive read. It is written is short chapters and it tells a compelling story about how tragedy can tear families apart just when they need each other the most. It is not a story where I found myself rooting for any of the characters, I did feel invested enough to stay glued to the pages, anxious to see what would happen in the end. I did enjoy reading this book, but preferred Reservation Road a bit more.