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The Bright Unknown

Narrated by: Devon O'Day
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical

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This poignant and heartbreaking novel explores the power of resilience, the gift of friendship, and the divine beauty to be found in the big, bright world - —if only we’re willing to look.

Pennsylvania, 1940s. 

The only life Brighton Friedrich has ever known is the one she has endured within the dreary walls of Riverside Home - the rural asylum where she was born. A nurse, Joann, has educated and raised Brighton, whose mother is a patient at the hospital. But Joann has also kept vital information from Brighton - secrets that if ever revealed would illuminate Brighton’s troubling past and the circumstances that confine her to Riverside. Brighton’s best friend is a boy she calls Angel, and as they grow up together and face the bleak future that awaits them, they determine to make a daring escape.

Nothing can prepare Brighton and Angel for life beyond Riverside’s walls. They have no legal identities, very little money, and only a few leads toward a safe place to land. As they struggle to survive in a world they’ve never seen before, they must rely on each other and the kindness of strangers - some of whom may prove more dangerous than the asylum they’ve fled.

Narrated in Elizabeth Byler Younts' gorgeous style, The Bright Unknown is a sparkling search for answers, family, and a place to call home.

Praise for The Bright Unknown:

“With prose that is luminous and lyrical, The Bright Unknown is a compelling read from the first page to the last.” (Susan Meissner, best-selling author of The Last Year of the War

©2019 Elizabeth Byler Younts (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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  • Joseph Byler
  • 05-12-19


This story is so interesting it will keep you wanting to know what happens next! So many twists and turns and such creativity woven throughout! Bravo, Elizabeth! Your work is impressive and incredible. So many details. Brighton truly lives up to her name as she is a shining beam of hope and light within a heart wrenching story!