Remember Me Like This caught my attention at the bookstore. For all of the novels that have been penned about dramatic kidnappings and abductions, few tell of what life is like after a loved one’s return. This is where Bret Anthony Johnston’s book begins.
“We don’t have a lot of narratives in our collective consciousness of people trying to be a family again, and that was really fascinating to me,” he tells NPR’s Arun Rath. “How do you relate to each other after the worst has happened? And because that book really didn’t exist, I had to write it to find out what it would be.”
The book follows the Campbell family in a small town in Texas as their son Justin is returned four years after his disappearance. Rather than focusing on the details of the abduction, Johnston tells the story of a family as they struggle to rebuild.
This is a book about being found. Though the reunion is a miracle, Justin’s homecoming exposes wounds that may never fully heal. This is a novel that explores complex family dynamics.