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About the Author
Hyatt Bass wrote, directed, and produced the film 75 Degrees in July, which was released in 2006. The Embers is her first novel.
"A riveting examination of a high-profile clan and its fall from grace. . . . The Embers builds like the fire its title conjures, glowing a little, then suddenly bursting into sparks of narrative that make it nigh on impossible to put down. . . . The Embers will inspire readers to examine their own judgments about those they love, and perhaps give someone another chance. Bass is a new author with an old soul, and a talent worth tending." --Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News"In this fiercely tender story by Hyatt Bass, a new engagement forces one young woman, her mother and her estranged father to rehash a painful tragedy locked away in their past so she can finally move on." --InStyle (One of InStyle Magazine's Top 5 Beach Reads for Summer 2009) "A moving tale about grief's tenacious hold and the road to redemption." --People (A Get Set for Summer Pick) "Bass . . . is a sensitive observer of family dynamics, of the way people can fail to really see the ones they love. . . . THE EMBERS [is] contemplative and psychologically attuned." --Laurie Muchnick, Bloomberg.com "A very assured and beguiling debut novel" --Ben Dickinson, Elle.com (One of Elle.com's Top Ten Smartest, Sizzlingest Beach Reads) "Bass's well-paced, nuanced family saga is as engrossing as it is empathetic. Sure to appeal to readers who enjoy such family dramas as Judith Guest's Ordinary People." --Library Journal (starred review) "Director, producer and screenwriter Bass creates a riveting narrative that digs into the notion that 'there is nothing that happens to a child that does not implicate the parent in some way.' . . . Bass's excavation of a complex familial labyrinth is an elegant testament to the beautiful mess that is family." --Publishers Weekly "First novels shine too. In filmmaker Hyatt Bass's The Embers, newly engaged Emily and her parents finally begin coping with the death of Emily's brother." --Barbara Hoffert, The Phoenix, The Best in Summer Reading "The Embers is the sort of novel I'm always hoping to find--from the first page, I was transfixed. Hyatt Bass's lyrical story of a broken family is, in a word, stunning. The Embers is the best book I've read in a long time." --Amanda Eyre Ward, author of How to Be Lost and Love Stories in This Town "What is more powerful a place than the family? It's the center of our lives, and the crucible of our experience: The Embers, Hyatt Bass's lovely first novel, asks questions that only the family can answer, and delivers truths that only the family contains." --Roxana Robinson, author of Cost "Ten minutes into The Embers, I was completely hooked. Each member of this struggling family is portrayed with so much empathy and intelligence. The pacing is excellent, and the prose is exact. Reading it was a thought-provoking pleasure." --Laura Moriarty, author of The Rest of Her Life and The Center of Everything