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From the author of A Widow for One Year
, A Prayer for Owen Meany
and other acclaimed novels, comes a story of a father and a son - fugitives in 20th-century North America.
In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, a twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, pursued by the constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them.
In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted River - John Irving's twelfth novel - depicts the recent half-century in the United States as a world "where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course." From the novel's taut opening sentence - "The young Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too long." - to its elegiac final chapter, what distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author's unmistakable voice, the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller.
About the Author
John Irving published his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, in 1968. He has been nominated for a National Book Award three times — winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. He also received an O. Henry Award, in 1981, for the short story “Interior Space.” In 1992, Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. UNDER THE LOGS
Chapter 2. DO-SI-DO
Chapter 3. A WORLD OF ACCIDENTS
Chapter 4. THE EIGHT-INCH CAST-IRON SKILLET
Chapter 5. NOM DE PLUME
Chapter 6. IN MEDIAS RES
Chapter 7. BENEVENTO AND AVELLINO
Chapter 8. DEAD DOG; REMEMBERING MAO'S
Chapter 9. THE FRAGILE, UNPREDICTABLE NATURE OF THINGS
Chapter 10. LADY SKY
Chapter 11. HONEY
Chapter 12. THE BLUE MUSTANG
Chapter 13. KISSES OF WOLVES
Chapter 14. KETCHUM'S LEFT HAND
Chapter 15. MOOSE DANCING
Chapter 16. LOST NATION
Chapter 17. KETCHUM EXCEPTED