Crossing the Bridge

Hugh Penders has been stuck in neutral for nearly a decade since his brother Chase died in a car accident. He carries with him two secrets that he has never been able to share with anyone: that he believes he might have been able to prevent the accident, and that he was deeply in love with Chase’s girlfriend, Iris.


When Hugh’s father suffers a debilitating heart attack, Hugh must return to the New England home he’s been running away from for the past ten years. One day, he encounters Iris – who has long since moved away – on the street. They begin a friendship and Hugh believes he’s falling in love with Iris all over again.


But the ghost of Chase haunts both of them. And when each reveals a truth the other never knew, their lives, their vision of Chase, and their chances for a future together will change forever.


Crossing the Bridge is a novel that leapt into my head all in one piece. I had the idea of writing about two brothers in love with the same woman with the added complication that one of the brothers had died tragically ten years earlier. It added all kinds of nuance to the present-day story and gave me a great opportunity to write about both family relationships and the weight of desire. Chase is probably the darkest protagonist I've created, but I hope you'll find that he's worth getting to know.


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