The Life We Bury

By Allen Eskens,

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A USA Today bestseller and book club favorite!

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home…

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3 authors picked The Life We Bury as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This debut novel by Eskens, while categorized as a mystery thriller, exhibits the qualities of a sophisticated character study.

Joe Talbert, a college student, stumbles upon an unexpected encounter with Carl, a Vietnam War veteran dying of cancer, during a semester project assignment. Inadvertently, Joe becomes entangled in the pursuit of solving a murder mystery. What captivates me most is Eskens' skillful storytelling, where he adeptly weaves his narrative.

It is clear that he possesses the knack for captivating literary agents and editors by expertly pressing all the right buttons.

Joe Talbert’s not your average college student but a hero easy to love for all he’s up against. He’s escaped his mom’s unstable household and her revolving door of abusers, but barely and not really. With his autistic brother Jeremy still in her care, Joe’s in a constant tug-of-war between his family and his future. Joe’s survivor-tough but with a soft side. He needs both when a biography assignment leads him to Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam vet and convicted felon. How can this war hero be a killer? Chasing the story with Joe is as thrilling as rooting…

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College student Joe Talbert takes on a writing assignment for an English class to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe finds a dying Vietnam veteran in a nursing home and discovers that he is also a murderer convicted for the crimes of rape and murder, for which he served thirty years in prison. Carl has only a few months to live, as Joe attempts to reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts for which he was convicted. Joe finds the truth while dealing with his dangerously dysfunctional mother,…

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