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The Double Bind - Chris Bohjalian
The Double Bind
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Throughout his career, Chris Bohjalian has earned a reputation for writing novels that examine some of the most important issues of our time. With Midwives, he explored the literal and metaphoric place of birth in our culture. In The Buffalo Soldier, he introduced us to one of contemporary... show more
Throughout his career, Chris Bohjalian has earned a reputation for writing novels that examine some of the most important issues of our time. With Midwives, he explored the literal and metaphoric place of birth in our culture. In The Buffalo Soldier, he introduced us to one of contemporary literature’s most beloved foster children. And in Before You Know Kindness, he plumbed animal rights, gun control, and what it means to be a parent.Chris Bohjalian’s riveting fiction keeps us awake deep into the night. As The New York Times has said, “Few writers can manipulate a plot with Bohjalian’s grace and power.” Now he is back with an ambitious new novel that travels between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century.When college sophomore Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont’s back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography and begins to work at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won’t let anyone see. When Bobbie dies suddenly, Laurel discovers that he was telling the truth: before he was homeless, Bobbie Crocker was a successful photographer who had indeed worked with such legends as Chuck Berry, Robert Frost, and Eartha Kitt.As Laurel’s fascination with Bobbie’s former life begins to merge into obsession, she becomes convinced that some of his photographs reveal a deeply hidden, dark family secret. Her search for the truth will lead her further from her old life—and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her.In this spellbinding literary thriller, rich with complex and compelling characters—including Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan—Chris Bohjalian takes readers on his most intriguing, most haunting, and most unforgettable journey yet.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400047468 (1400047463)
Publisher: Crown
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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Constantly Moving the Bookmark
Constantly Moving the Bookmark rated it
3.0 The Double Bind
Laurel Estabrook was a normal young lady, going to school and working until she got attacked while riding her bike along a path through some woods. After that ordeal she found it difficult to trust anyone and withdrew into herself. She found solace in working in a homeless shelter and losing herse...
misfitgeek
misfitgeek rated it
I was so totally blown away by the ending. I was NOT expecting it and had to go back and try to see what I missed. WOW...just WOW!
trewen
trewen rated it
3.0 The Double Bind
3 1/2 stars
JulieM
JulieM rated it
4.0 The Double Bind: A Novel
This book is an unusual combination of literary fiction and psychological thriller. Set in beautiful Burlington, Vermont, the story revolves around Laurel Estabrook, a UVM student who is attacked while bicycling on a remote country road. After graduating, she finds a career in Burlington as a soci...
Anne Brooke: fiction writer
Anne Brooke: fiction writer rated it
5.0 The Double Bind
A marvellous and very clever book. It had me utterly fooled all the way through and in a variety of fascinating ways - I loved it. Definitely recommended.
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