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The Divideby Nicholas Evans
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Two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. All through the night, police work with arc lights and chain saws to dig her out. But identification doesn't take as long. Abbie Cooper is wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism, and her picture is on law-enforcement computers all across America. But just how did she die? And what was the trail of events that led this joyous, golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?
In a journey of discovery and redemption, from the streets of New York to the daunting grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, The Divide delves into the dynamics of a fractured family and their struggle with the pain of lost happiness. Electrifying and heartbreaking, master storyteller Nicholas Evans's new novel delivers an extraordinary tale about the timeless power of nature, and about the yearnings, hopes, and disillusionments that connect —and separate — all men and women.
"This fourth novel lacks the power and intensity of Evans's third, The Horse Whisperer (1995), and it's not nearly as carefully written. A pretty, upper-middle-class girl is discovered frozen in Montana ice and is soon identified as Abbie Cooper, wanted for murder by the FBI. After a promising beginning that introduces a colorful cast of Montana locals, Evans breaks off and flashes back to Abbie's upbringing in suburban New York, and centers the book on Abbie's now-divorced parents, Ben and Sarah. Evans follows the Coopers' high-end careers and estrangement from their domestic lives in meticulous, mind-numbing detail; their separation propels the already idealistic Abbie into the arms of Rolf, a shadowy eco-terrorist. As Abbie's Patty Hearst — like adventures in the eco-underworld slowly unfold, Ben takes up with Sante Fe — based artist Eve, and Sarah is left alone with son Josh, who emerges late in the novel as an improbable principal. Compelling minor characters like Sheriff Charlie Riggs and besieged ranchers Ray and Martha Hawkins are largely wasted. All winds down to a sadder, wiser, relatively reconciled ending that conforms to the norms of family drama, and of romance. The most vivid thing in the book is the wrangling early on over Abbie's remains. 500,000 first printing. Author tour. (Sept. 27)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"As with Evans's other novels, the landscape figures as prominently as the characters, though at times the descriptions are slightly overwritten and preachy. Nonetheless, this is an engaging story that Evans's fans will want to read." Library Journal
"Part thriller, part family drama....The bestselling author of The Horse Whisperer returns to the rugged American West for this story of a damaged family's eventual redemption." Kirkus Reviews
"Sure to be a runaway success, this lyrical novel runs the gamut from devastation to despair to deliverance." Booklist
"The Divide may be a mystery, a drama and a travelogue tangled up in one volume, but the sum of its parts never adds up to a compelling whole." Rocky Mountain News
"The Divide is readable, boasts an involving plot and big themes. What hobbles it are predictability and wooden writing." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram
A woman wanted for murder and acts of terrorism is found embedded in ice in the backcountry. What trail of events led the once joyous, golden child of a loving family so tragically astray? And how did she die?
About the Author
Nicholas Evans is the bestselling author of The Horse Whisperer (which has sold more than ten million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-six languages).
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