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ISBN13: 9780618709861
ISBN10: 061870986x
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First published to critical acclaim by Houghton Mifflin, Tim O'Brien's celebrated classic In the Lake of the Woods now returns to the house in a gorgeous new Mariner paperback edition.

This riveting novel of love and mystery from the author of The Things They Carried examines the lasting impact of the 20th century's legacy of violence and warfare, both at home and abroad. When long-hidden secrets about the atrocities he committed in Vietnam come to light, a candidate for the U.S. Senate retreats with his wife to a lakeside cabin in northern Minnesota. Within days of their arrival, his wife mysteriously vanishes into the watery wilderness.

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"A beautifully written, haunting novel that evokes lives in deep crisis." Booklist (Starred Review)

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"[B]eautifully written, often haunting....O'Brien remains a terrific writer." Publishers Weekly

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"[O'Brien's] most accessible novel to date....[A] dark but wonderful novel that should gain him a host of new fans." Library Journal

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"All of this is awkwardly uncovered through a pretentious structure that cannot disguise the fact that there is no story here. Sinks like a stone." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

This riveting novel of love and mystery from the author of The Things They Carried examines the lasting impact of the 20th century's legacy of violence and warfare, both at home and abroad.

About the Author

Tim O'Brien received the 1979 National Book Award for Going After Cacciato. Among his other books are The Things They Carried, Pulitzer Finalist and a New York Times Book of the Century, and In the Lake of the Woods, winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing in 2013.

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techeditor, September 14, 2014 (view all comments by techeditor)
How could I not have read this book sooner? It’s been around since 1994. Maybe you, too, have been missing out on IN THE LAKE IN THE WOODS for 20 years. Read it now.

It’s about a politician and his memories and his need for love. It’s about keeping secrets, the effects of war, a missing wife, and some possible explanations. But it’s the way this story is told that makes this book unputdownable.

I won’t spoil the story. Read it. And read the footnotes.
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711peterhoffman, November 12, 2013 (view all comments by 711peterhoffman)
I was a fan of Tim O'Brien long before reading this book, so I had high expectations of this book. Even so this book blew me away. This book is a display of a true master at the height of his craft. I have never read anything like it before or since. This book is haunting in best sense of the word. Years after reading it I still think of it often. O'Brien describes the protagonists mental disintegration and his coming to grips with ghosts of his past while simultaneously dealing with public disgrace in a way that is at the same time compassionate and coldly distant. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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Cassandra Cleveland, January 8, 2013 (view all comments by Cassandra Cleveland)
A disturbing and complex book that captures the reader in a psychological thriller. The best or worst part of this book, depending on your view, is the readers opportunity to explore their own conclusion. I loved that I could look at all the evidence and make my own determination on what happened. The violence involved in this book was, at times, difficult to read; but, it is there for a purpose.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618709861
Author:
O'Brien, Tim
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Minnesota
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.26x5.58x.78 in. .73 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 336 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618709861 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A beautifully written, haunting novel that evokes lives in deep crisis."
"Review" by , "[B]eautifully written, often haunting....O'Brien remains a terrific writer."
"Review" by , "[O'Brien's] most accessible novel to date....[A] dark but wonderful novel that should gain him a host of new fans."
"Review" by , "All of this is awkwardly uncovered through a pretentious structure that cannot disguise the fact that there is no story here. Sinks like a stone."
"Synopsis" by , This riveting novel of love and mystery from the author of The Things They Carried examines the lasting impact of the 20th century's legacy of violence and warfare, both at home and abroad.
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