‘GMA’ Book Club: ‘Long Bright River’ author says novel tackles addiction head-on

“Long Bright River” by Liz Moore is a gripping story about two sisters struggling with the effects of addiction from different perspectives.
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Transcript for ‘GMA’ Book Club: ‘Long Bright River’ author says novel tackles addiction head-on
reading now. So now a closer look at this month's "Gma" book pick, "Long bright river" by Liz Moore. The thriller debuted on "The new York Times" best-seller's list and now Hollywood is taking interest and Amy spent some time with the author to find out why everyone is talking about this book. I finished it this system so good, Lahr R the gripping story about two sisters struggling with the effects of addiction from very different perspectives. It's a topic many families I think will relate to. Critics are calling it suspenseful. Powerful, again row denying after debuting on the best-seller's list, "Long bright river" is garnering plenty of buzz. Some even say it's the next "The girl on the train." What's it like to hear those types of reviews about a book you spent so much time writing. It's really excited. I also am constantly aware of kind of the history of the genre and walking in the footsteps of people that I really admire and books that I love. It's a crime drama the "Gma" book club members say they can't put down. How would you describe the book. It's the story of two sisters, the younger of whom is suffering from addiction to opioids and her older sister is a police officer who is patrolling the same streets she's on. So when the younger sister goes missing her older sister has to try to find her. The novel is set in the working class Philadelphia neighborhood of Ken sing ton, a community battered by the opioid crisis and in the midst of a I'm struck by that. Brand-new. Uh-huh. And then, you know, falling down right next to each other. Right, yep. There's a lot -- it's a neighborhood very much in transition. Reporter: Moore says she was inspired by the residents after doing some community work there. Although I've spent some time there and still an outsider to kensington and couldn't stop thinking about the men and women that I met there. I know like many families in America, my own family has a very long multigenerational history of addiction. Is it painful to write about something that is close to your heart and a part of your family? I write characters that are flawed, both of the sisters in the book are playing with like who is on the right side of the law and who is on the wrong side of the law but also who is on the right side of morality. Reporter: It was snatched up by Hollywood with Moore set to write the screenplay. Why do you think "Long bright river" is resonating with so many people? I think "Long bright river" tells the story that a lot of people will be able to relate to for better or worse. I think sometimes people are scared to look at addiction in the face because it's a subject that sounds uncomfortable or it's a subject that people just don't really want to spend time with if they're reading fiction which for many people is an escape. As for her dream cast for the film Moore says she envisions reel-life sisters Mara Rooney. What we're reading next, you won't be disappointed if you pick up this book. Thank you so much. I like her casting.

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