Now and Again

By Charlotte Rogan (Electronic Book, 2016)
A provocative novel about the fallout from the truth by the author of the national bestseller The Lifeboat.
For Maggie Rayburn, wife, mother, and secretary at a munitions plant, life is pleasant, predictable, and secure. When she finds proof of a high-level cover-up on her boss's desk, she impulsively takes it, turning her world upside down. Propelled by a desire to do good--and a newfound taste for excitement--Maggie starts to see injustice everywhere. Soon, her bottom drawer is filled with "evidence," her town has turned against her, and she must decide how far she will go for the truth. Meanwhile, in Iraq, Captain Penn Sinclair's hasty orders have disastrous results. In an attempt at atonement, he reunites with three survivors to expose the truth about the war. NOW AND AGAIN examines the interconnectedness of lives, the limits of knowledge, and the consequences of doing the right thing.

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    • Price: $13.99 US/$13.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316380911

    • On Sale Date: 04/05/2016

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A provocative novel about the fallout from the truth by the author of the national bestseller The Lifeboat.
For Maggie Rayburn, wife, mother, and secretary at a munitions plant, life is pleasant, predictable, and secure. When she finds proof of a high-level cover-up on her boss's desk, she impulsively takes it, turning her world upside down. Propelled by a desire to do good--and a newfound taste for excitement--Maggie starts to see injustice everywhere. Soon, her bottom drawer is filled with "evidence," her town has turned against her, and she must decide how far she will go for the truth. Meanwhile, in Iraq, Captain Penn Sinclair's hasty orders have disastrous results. In an attempt at atonement, he reunites with three survivors to expose the truth about the war. NOW AND AGAIN examines the interconnectedness of lives, the limits of knowledge, and the consequences of doing the right thing.

Charlotte Rogan graduated from Princeton University in 1975. She worked at various jobs, mostly in the fields of architecture and engineering, before teaching herself to write and staying home to bring up triplets. She is also the author of The Lifeboat, which was nominated for The Guardian's first book award, the international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and has been translated into twenty-six languages.
  • PRAISE FOR THE LIFEBOAT:

    "THE LIFEBOAT traps the reader in a story that is exciting at the literal level and brutally moving at the existential: I read it in one go."
    (Emma Donoghue, author of Room).

  • "Impressive, harrowing first novel...[Grace] narrates the book with panache-and a good dose of unreliability...Rogan writes viscerally about the desperate condition of the castaway...But it's her portrait of Grace, who is by turns astute, conniving, comic and affecting, that drive the book...As Rogan proves with this indelible character, there's a profound truth and even beauty in Grace's degree of self-loyalty."
    (Sarah Towers, New York Times Book Review
    ).

  • "In her assured debut, Rogan has written a layered and provocative tale of survival and impossible decisions. But her biggest achievement is the disarmingly demure yet fiercely shrewd Grace, a narrator as fascinating and unreliable as they come."
    (Stephan Lee, Entertainment Weekly
    ).

  • "Rogan has written an eerie, powerful debut you'll want to race through, but try to resist the urge. A slower read reveals a psychological depth that'll leave you thinking."
    (Helen Rogan, People
    ).

  • "A superb first book...Rogan is novelist on her maiden voyage, but she steers The Lifeboat with a remarkably assured hand."
    (Mary Pols, Time
    ).

  • "Rogan manages to distill this drama about what's right and wrong when the answer means life or death into a gripping, confident first novel...Other novels have examined the conscience and guilt of a survivor among the dead, but few tales are as thoughtful and compelling as this."
    (Christina Ianzito, Washington Post
    ).

  • "Beautifully constructed first novel...Rogan crafts a harrowing, suspenseful tale of survival...Grace is a bold and compelling creation, a female protagonist whose humanity is revealed not through her vulnerability but by a cool pragmatism that could have made her repugnant in the hands of a less skilled, sympathetic writer...The Lifeboat raises these forever fascinating questions without moral posturing or sentimentality."
    (Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today
    ).

  • "The Lifeboat is both an enthralling story of survival at sea an a novel that is satisfyingly concerned with the characters of its own storytelling...One hell of a debut."
    (Jonathan Raban, New York Review of Books
    ).

  • "Riveting...the narrative stays focused mostly on [Grace's] experience in the boat, the tension deliciously building as the passengers grow hungrier, thirstier, and more desperate."
    (Karen Holt, O, the Oprah Magazine
    ).

  • "Charlotte Rogan uses a deceptively simple narrative of shipwreck and survival to explore our all-too-human capacity for self-deception."
    (J.M. Coetzee
    ).

  • "What a splendid book...I can't imagine any reader who looks at the opening pages wanting to put the book down...it's so refreshing to read a book that is ambitious and yet not tricksy, where the author seems to be in command of her material and really on top of her game. It's beautifully controlled and totally believable."
    (Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall
    ).

  • "The Lifeboat is a spellbinding and beautifully written novel, one that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night. This is storytelling at its best, and I was completely absorbed from beginning to end."
    (Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried, In the Lake of the Woods, and July, July
    ).

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $13.99 US/$13.99 CAN
  • Pages: 464
  • ISBN-13: 9780316380911
  • On Sale Date: 04/05/2016
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