The Crossing

Stay and die, or run and survive.

Twins Virginia and Tommy Matthews have been on their own since they were orphaned at the age of five, surviving a merciless foster care system by relying on each other. Twelve years later, the world begins to collapse around them as a deadly contagion steadily wipes out entire populations and a devastating world war rages on. When Tommy is drafted for the war, the twins are faced with a choice: accept their fate of almost certain death, or dodge the draft. Virginia and Tommy flee into the dark night.

Armed with only a pistol and their fierce will to survive, the twins set forth in search of a new beginning. Encountering a colorful cast of characters along the way, Tommy and Virginia must navigate the dangers and wonders of this changed world as they try to outrun the demons of their past.

With deft imagination and breathless prose, The Crossing is a riveting tale of loyalty, sacrifice and the burdens we carry with us into the darkness of the unknown.

 

Praise for Jason Mott, bestselling author of The Returned:

“Mott turns phrases with poetic grace” –Entertainment Weekly

“Mott brings drama, pathos, joy horror, and redemption to a riveting tale.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Beautifully written and emotionally astute…. a breathtaking novel that navigates emotional minefields with realism and grace.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“An extraordinary and beautifully realized novel. My spine is still shivering. Wow.” —Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of The Monster of Florence

 

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Jason Mott

Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various journals such as Prick of the Spindle, The Thomas Wolfe Review, The Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets, Measure and Chautauqua. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award.

He is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and "…hide behind me…" The Returned is his first novel.

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