The Double Bind

The Double Bind

[a Novel]

Audiobook CD - 2007
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As theNew York Timeshas 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 Twenties and the twenty-first century. When college sophomore Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont's back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography 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, Bobbie Crocker 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 deeply hidden, dark family secret and falls into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, c2007.
Edition: Abridged ed.
ISBN: 9780739341322
0739341324
Branch Call Number: BOOKCD FICTION BOH Abr.
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (6.5 hrs.)
Additional Contributors: Denaker, Susan

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theojones41
Sep 11, 2014

This was a weird book. I've never read this author before so I wasn't sure where she was going... what to believe and what not to. So the big reveal at the end was maddening. If that first chapter had been laurel retelling her story to someone, that would have been one thing. But it was narrated.

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lori_95070
May 12, 2010

This book is a good read all the way through, and then what an ending. I keep remembering and rethinking this book, long after I read it.

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happy7
Apr 04, 2010

The ending is disappointing, I would almost call it a cop out ending. There were too many characters in the audio book even though some of it makes sense in by the end, there were too many loose ends with unanswered questions or answers that didn't make sense even at the end. It almost felt unfinished and the truth is upsetting.
I've not read a Chris Bohjalian book previously, so I was not prepared to be yo-yo-ed by the book, it would draw me in but then I would get bored. If it wasn't a audio book, I would have given up early on.

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