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The Rising by Ryan D'Agostino
Sep 15, 2015 | ISBN 9780804140171

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“Though D’Agostino is unflinching in his reporting—covering both the crime and the trials in devastating detail—The Rising is above all a compassionate and thought-provoking look at the outer limits of human resilience.” Esquire
“Through incredible reporting and excellent storytelling, D’Agostino tries to answer the question of how, after losing everything, you go on with your life. A natural comparison could be made to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, but The Rising is even more heartrending—and unexpectedly uplifting.” –
 “A thought-provoking, insightful and highly compelling read.” –Associated Press
“These crimes are almost too awful to comprehend, but in a narrative reminiscent of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, D’Agostino draws humanity through chilling detail.” –
“In this well-crafted and ultimately inspiring book, D’Agostino walks readers through Petit’s hard-fought return to life. . . .  In the end, this is a crime story that will haunt readers, an up-close rendering of a wound to ‘an American family that is both normal and extraordinary,’ and one whose hopeful ending feels well-earned.”Boston Globe
“[A] blessed reminder that even in the face of the most unimaginable tragedy, the human spirit rises.”Philadelphia Daily News
“Provides vivid insight into a crime victim’s psyche.”Connecticut Law Tribune

“True crime and human perseverance merge in this engrossing chronicle of a small-town atrocity.”Kirkus
“A remarkable account of hope, fellowship, and love in the face of tragedy.” –Publishers Weekly
“More than a murder story, this is the account of a man who overcame the greatest of losses through the love and support of others. D’Agostino  delves deeper than the Petit family murders and the trials, revealing how Petit persisted in the greatest of devastation and tried to make a life on the other side of tragedy. Recommended for lovers of true crime and tales of human endurance.” Library Journal
“What author D’Agostino so beautifully does in his true-crime book is to demonstrate and stress the notion that people are good. . . . readers seeking inspiration about the true goodness of others, especially in the aftermath of a horrific crime, will find it here.”Booklist 

The Rising lingers long after you have read it. It raises fundamental issues about the human condition—our ability to move on in the face of unspeakable tragedy. Bill Petit lost his wife and two children in a crime beyond imagination. In the hands of Ryan D’Agostino what emerges is a pitch-perfect story of grace, eloquence and renewal beyond imagination.” —Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

The Rising is a gut punch of a book, one I’m sure I’ll never forget. Ryan D’Agostino unflinchingly takes us into the intimate world of Dr. Bill Petit, and in doing so brings us face-to-face with loss, resilience, perseverance, and finally our own humanity. A book so taut and moving I read it in one breath before exhaling.” —Michael Paterniti, author of The Telling Room and Driving Mr. Albert

“One of the most heartrending and beautiful books I have ever read. The Rising is more than a story about one man’s impossible triumph; it’s a story about the power within all of us to find our ways no matter what.”—Robert Kurson, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Drivers

“A beautifully observed exploration of the redemptive power of love, The Rising will leave you in awe of both its hero’s strength and its author’s soaring talent. Shattering and exhilarating in equal measure, this is a book that will change the way you deal with life’s inevitable hardships; you’ll tear through it in a single sitting, but marvel at its empathy and power for years to come.” —Brendan I. Koerner, author of The Skies Belong to Us

“Ryan D’Agostino’s The Rising chronicles the struggle of Bill Petit to comprehend the incomprehensible: the loss of his wife and two young daughters to the perverted antics of two psychopaths who tortured, raped, and murdered them in unspeakable ways. Petit is twice heroic, for surviving the tragedy (he, too, was accosted and left for dead) and for being willing to share his experience to help others heal from their own tragedies. But the unsung hero here is D’Agostino for having the patience, the gentle persistence, and the great sensitivity to coax the story out of Petit so the rest of us can learn. Persuading victims to talk is difficult; listening to their pain is difficult; imagining their ordeal as you memorialize their story for the rest of the world is difficult; that’s why few try; and even fewer succeed. But D’Agostino has. The Rising is a story of great perserverance at all levels. You will read it, you will wonder how Petit could go on living, you will count your lucky stars, and you will applaud the triumph of good over evil and the author who brought you the story.” -Gary Kinder, author of Victim: The Other Side of Murder and Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea 

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