Synopses & Reviews
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.
"A beautifully written, haunting novel that evokes lives in deep crisis." Booklist (Starred Review)
"[B]eautifully written, often haunting....O'Brien remains a terrific writer." Publishers Weekly
"[O'Brien's] most accessible novel to date....[A] dark but wonderful novel that should gain him a host of new fans." Library Journal
"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
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.