Carol CC, January 29, 2013 (view all comments by Carol CC)
Bohjalian is a great writer and with this book he mixes a fascinating story with clever use of real photos. The ending made me gasp. BUT, make sure you read -- or re-read -- "The Great Gatsby" first. It will enhance the experience of "The Double Bind."
clairebahai, July 7, 2008 (view all comments by clairebahai)
This book really surprised me with the ending. I always enjoy Chris Bohjalian's work because he is such a good storyteller. And here he lures us in with a tale of a woman who was attacked and now works at a homeless shelter. As a part-time photographer, she is given the task of archiving the photos of a former homeless man who died. Besides recognizing the artistry in the photos, she sees some links to aspects of her own life. To reveal more would be unfair, but I will say that the last chapters definitely kept me reading deep into the night.
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hwatson, February 29, 2008 (view all comments by hwatson)
Great book, a break from the popular predictable novels. The descriptions of the landscapes really set you there, can almost smell the over ripe apples, and hear the leaves crackling under your feet! Yes, was quite a great twist in the end..enough to have me review and reread many parts. This one will stick with me..will be hard to pick up another book right away and be satified.
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Vintage Books USA -
In this spellbinding literary thriller, rich with complex and compelling characters, the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Midwives" and "Before You Know Kindness" takes readers on his most intriguing, most haunting, and most unforgettable journey yet.
When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermonts back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, spending all her free time at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he wont let anyone see. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret-a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. In a tale that travels between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century, between Jay Gatsbys Long Island and rural New England, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has written his most extraordinary novel yet.
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