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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 Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

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

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Intriguing and beautifully written

Seldom do you read a book written by a man who portrays a female character with elegance, and accuracy. His story of the woman who is assaulted and then reworks the event in her life is dramatic, horrifying and yet tender. I highly recommend the book -- literally, I couldn't unpug my earbuds.

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Twist at the very end!

Slow start but when it gets going it really gets going. I did not see the twist at the end coming at all

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  • Laura
  • Montgomery Village, MD, United States
  • 01-14-12

What in the world?

What was the author thinking - or NOT thinking? Stick to Midwives ... Bohjalian at his best. These other books are bizarre and boring.