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The Double Bind | [Chris Bohjalian]

The Double Bind

When college sophomore Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle, her life is changed forever. She withdraws into her photography hobby and begins to work at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a box of photographs he won't let anyone see. When Bobbie dies suddenly, Laurel discovers that he was once a successful photographer. As her fascination begins to merge into obsession, she becomes convinced that some of his photographs reveal a dark family secret.
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Publisher's Summary

As the New York Times has said, "Few writers can manipulate a plot with [Chris] Bohjalian's grace and power." Now he is back with an ambitious new novel that travels between Jay Gatsby's Long Island and rural New England, between the Roaring 20s and the 21st century.

When college sophomore Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont's back roads, her life is changed forever. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography hobby and begins to work at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won't let anyone see. When Bobbie dies suddenly, Laurel discovers that before he was homeless, he was a successful photographer.

As Laurel's fascination with Bobbie's former life begins to merge into obsession, she becomes convinced that some of his photographs reveal a dark family secret.

In this spellbinding literary thriller, rich with complex and compelling characters, Chris Bohjalian takes listeners on his most intriguing, most haunting, and most unforgettable journey yet.

©2007 Chris Bohjalian; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"A tricky and intriguing premise." (Publishers Weekly)
"This elegantly crafted tale is well worth delving into." (Booklist)

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    Billie Lee Orenbuch Abington, PA, US 02-19-07
    Billie Lee Orenbuch Abington, PA, US 02-19-07
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    "Excellent Psychological Thriller"

    The story seems to fit into what I have begun to think of as a genre written specifically for people in the field of psychotherapy. The Interpretation of Murder was also in that genre. It's a mystery with a characteristically psychological twist. Whether based on fact or fiction, it works when it's well developed, as The Double Bind is.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Linda San Diego, CA, United States 03-25-07
    Linda San Diego, CA, United States 03-25-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing Narrator"

    I wish I'd read this book instead of listened (first time I've felt that way). The narrator is so stiff and disconnected from her material that it distracted me from the writing. There's an interesting story with a whopper of a surprise ending, but I don't recommend this version. Read it instead.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12
    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2002

    bubbles

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    "I must admit that I am acting a bit like Laurel..."

    .... in this book, by being consumed about re-reading the last chapter again......I have Googled it and tried to find more conversation on it but to no avail.....OMG.....the ending blew me away....freaked me out....caught my breath! I think I am an intelligent woman and above average reader...but I simply did not figure out the ending and now I want to go back and re-read the book again to see how it will differ from the first reading. I loved how the characters from 'The Great Gatsby' were involved/intertwined into this book....this was such a great story and now has become an obssession of mine to read that last chapter again.....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Lakewood, CA, USA 04-01-08
    Sarah Lakewood, CA, USA 04-01-08
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    "Excellent"

    An excellent story. Don't miss this one. You will like the "twist" at the end!

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    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 03-27-08
    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 03-27-08 Member Since 2002

    Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.

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    "Only A Single"

    This novel resurrects F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and imagines what may have happened to a second child born to Daisy and Tom Buchanan. Is this literary license where all the characters accept the premise that Daisy and Tom were real people or is something else afoot? Some listeners may find the plot twist clever, but I found it unsatisfying. A second listen didn't help. Three stars for the innovative premise and for keeping me hooked until the disappointing ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbi El Segundo, CA, United States 04-03-07
    Debbi El Segundo, CA, United States 04-03-07 Member Since 2006
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    "A waste of time"

    Could have been an interesting and intriguing read/listen but was extremely disappointing. The ending was so stupid and simplistic that the author shoud have just settled for, "a miracle happened and everyone lived happily ever after." It would have been more believeable than the author's feeble attempt to end the so-called story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lara Calgary, Alberta, Canada 05-08-08
    Lara Calgary, Alberta, Canada 05-08-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Simply Boring"

    The simplistic and cliche dialog prevented me from tolerating what could have been a half-decent story and plot. I didn't even download the second half.

    Better give this a miss - unless you're a budding novelist and want some tips on how not to write.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine new Milford, CT, USA 09-01-07
    Christine new Milford, CT, USA 09-01-07
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    "Thriller"

    Just can't put this one down, surprise ending, but harsh disturbing topics.

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    Bleedblue Southeast 07-04-07
    Bleedblue Southeast 07-04-07 Member Since 2007

    Love to shop

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    "A Good Read"

    I really enjoyed The Double Bind. It kept me interested throughout listening.

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    Lisa Barrington, RI, United States 06-10-07
    Lisa Barrington, RI, United States 06-10-07 Member Since 2002

    I LOVE anything audio - books, podcasts, lectures. I listen mostly when moving -driving, dog walking, or before bed to clear the mind.

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    "Slow going"

    I slugged my way through this book but did get to the end. The plot premise is interesting, mostly in retrospect. Should be abridged so it is half as long. Then maybe the interesting bits could stand out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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