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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.

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"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.)

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"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

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"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

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"Sure to be a runaway success, this lyrical novel runs the gamut from devastation to despair to deliverance." Booklist

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"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

Review:

"The Divide is readable, boasts an involving plot and big themes. What hobbles it are predictability and wooden writing." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Synopsis:

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?

Synopsis:

“Evans demonstrates the same intricacy of plot and depth of characterization that defined his international best-seller The Horse Whisperer…[a] heartrending story of a family in crisis.”—Booklist

For many anguished months Ben and Sarah Cooper's daughter has been on the run from the FBI, wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism.  But when Abbie's body is found embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek, the family's devastation deepens into mystery. How did she die?  And what was the trail of events that led this golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?

 

In a journey of discovery and redemption that takes us from the streets of New York to the daunting grandeur of the West, The Divide tells the story of a family fractured by betrayal.  It explores the pain we inflict on those we love the most and charts the passions and needs, the dashed hopes and disillusionments, that connect and divide all men and women.

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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murfelle, April 21, 2009 (view all comments by murfelle)
I must confess I haven't finished the Divide yet, but I am gripped by the author's understanding of the emotions and behaviors of Ben (Abby's father), Sara (her mother) and Eve (the other woman). Having puzzled over similar situations in real life, Nicholas Evans has given me a better understanding about the breakup of a marriage when a man admits that he is not getting what he needs from his marriage and falls in love with another woman before he gets divorced. Men are from Mars ... in a seemingly true to life novel form. The history of young love to married love to the empty nest syndrome along with the interactions of the in-laws, and a more vivid connection to the natural environment that's been destroyed in the Northwest has me glued to this book and made me want to read more books by Evans.

It is a slower read than other mysteries because of the depth of the characterization and the effects of each personality on the family.

:) It makes me think and feel more deeply about the characters than most other mysteries. I'm not focused on figuring out 'who dunnit', but feeling like I am connected to them by the human aspects that Evans is able to relate.


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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399152061
Author:
Evans, Nicholas
Publisher:
Signet
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Family saga
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Publication Date:
20070206
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
8
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.30x6.36x1.33 in. 1.36 lbs.
Age Level:
14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Sure to be a runaway success, this lyrical novel runs the gamut from devastation to despair to deliverance."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "The Divide is readable, boasts an involving plot and big themes. What hobbles it are predictability and wooden writing."
"Synopsis" by , 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?
"Synopsis" by ,
“Evans demonstrates the same intricacy of plot and depth of characterization that defined his international best-seller The Horse Whisperer…[a] heartrending story of a family in crisis.”—Booklist

For many anguished months Ben and Sarah Cooper's daughter has been on the run from the FBI, wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism.  But when Abbie's body is found embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek, the family's devastation deepens into mystery. How did she die?  And what was the trail of events that led this golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?

 

In a journey of discovery and redemption that takes us from the streets of New York to the daunting grandeur of the West, The Divide tells the story of a family fractured by betrayal.  It explores the pain we inflict on those we love the most and charts the passions and needs, the dashed hopes and disillusionments, that connect and divide all men and women.

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