Antonya Nelson is known for her razor-sharp depictions of contemporary family life in all of its sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious complexity. Her latest novel has roots in her own youth in Wichita, in the neighborhood stalked by the serial killer known as BTK (Bind, Torture, and Kill). A story of wayward love and lost memory, of public and private lives twisting out of control, Bound is Nelson's most accomplished and emotionally riveting work.
Catherine and Oliver, young wife and older entrepreneurial husband, are negotiating their difference in age and a plethora of well-concealed secrets. Oliver, now in his sixties, is a serial adulterer and has just fallen giddily in love yet again. Catherine, seemingly placid and content, has ghosts of a past she scarcely remembers. When Catherine's long-forgotten high school friend dies and leaves Catherine the guardian of her teenage daughter, that past comes rushing back. As Oliver manages his new love, and Catherine her new charge and darker past, local news reports turn up the volume on a serial killer who has reappeared after years of quiet.
In a time of hauntings and new revelations, Nelson's characters grapple with their public and private obligations, continually choosing between the suppression or indulgence of wild desires. Which way they turn, and what balance they find, may only be determined by those who love them most.
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In her triumphant return to long fiction, Antonya Nelson’s embattled characters traverse the landscape of Wichita, Kansas, in the aftermath of the infamous BTK murders, a time the author has firsthand experience with.Dec 13 2010 | Read Full Review of Bound: A Novel
the serial killer appeared during Misty and Catherine's early friendship and he begins killing again around the time Catherine finds out that she's Cattie's guardian.Oct 03 2010 | Read Full Review of Bound: A Novel
There's Misty's childhood home, there's the high school hallway where Catherine and Misty became fast friends, there's the dive apartment they rented, ground zero of a willfully dangerous girlhood.Nov 12 2010 | Read Full Review of Bound: A Novel
It’s strongest when examining Catherine’s marriage to Oliver, Oliver’s tangled relationships with his ex-wives, and Catherine’s past relationship with Misty.Oct 25 2010 | Read Full Review of Bound: A Novel
Alec Solomita Minneapolis Star Tribune 2 of 5 Stars "As it is, Bound is an ironic name for a novel that wants to intertwine the fates of its characters--including two from a town stalked by the serial killer known as BTK (bind, torture, kill)--but without tying up loose threads.Sep 19 2010 | Read Full Review of Bound: A Novel
We've stopped hearing about "justices in the mold of Scalia and Thomas"--and that could be good.Mar 06 2006 | Read Full Review of Bound: A Novel
She knows about “skiffs” of snow and rocks Montanans call “scoria.” McLaughlin omits what she might have included in all caps: Homestead allotments were too small for farmers in eastern Montana to have succeeded, except in exceptional years when precipitation fell in the right amount, in the r...May 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Bound: A Novel
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Antonya Nelson wields words with breathtaking precision in Bound, a novel set in Wichita during the reappearance of real-life killer BTK (bind, torture, kill).Sep 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Bound: A Novel
Antonya Nelson wields words with breathtaking precision in Bound, a novel set in Wichita during the reappearance of real-life killer BTK (bind, torture, kill).| Read Full Review of Bound: A Novel
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