Thanksgiving is a moving portrait of the profound effects of love when all that seems to remain is loss and grief. Unhinged by his wife’s unexpected death, Anthony, a middle-aged Seattle journalist, becomes obsessed with her past. He drives through the Nevada desert to locate her ex-husband looking for some unnamable solace. But, what awaits him is a bizarre and violent encounter with the past that entangles Anthony with his half-estranged stepchildren, the police, and his own disquieted mind and that only makes Lucy’s ghostly presence seem all the more real. The crisp dialogue, shadowy atmosphere, and sharp pacing of a master crime writer work to great effect in this arresting story that toys with the precipice of insanity and the extremes of passion and loss. This is a splendid shadow play on the enduring human mystery of love.
“Elliptical, haunting . . . packed with intelligence, feeling and mystery...” —The Washington Post “[A] compact, haunting meditation on memory, sex and loss.” —The Seattle Times“An elegantly simple story...haunting.” --Cleveland Plain Dealer“The journey is all–one man’s voyage into darkness, into both the impossibility and the ecstasy of love–and Dibdin proves himself a masterful driver.” —The Guardian“[A] taut psychological thriller of love and loss.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer“An enchanting narrativeÉ. Grief, jealousy, and reconciliation are the themes of this dark and erotic story.” —Times Literary Supplement“Spare, lyrical, and urgentÉ. [A] marvelous, unexpected novelÉ.” —The Literary Review