Bound by Antonya Nelson
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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.

 

About Antonya Nelson

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Antonya Nelson is the author of three novels and three previous short-story collections. She has been awarded the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Award, the Flannery O'Connor Award, the PEN Nelson Algren Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a Guggenheim. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and Esquire, as well as in The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories anthologies. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with her husband, the writer Robert Boswell, and their two children.
 
Published October 5, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 237 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Catherine remembers their wild adolescence together: Catherine the rebellious bourgeois, Misty the white-trash girl with no future;

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For Antonya Nelson’s complacent heroine, the death of an estranged friend triggers memories of their reckless youth.

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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.

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Tying them together is Misty, Cattie's mother, who grew up poor and, despite their differences, was Catherine's best friend in high school and went on to name her daughter after her.

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Dallas News

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.

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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.

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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.

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Bookmarks Magazine

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.

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National Review Online

We've stopped hearing about "justices in the mold of Scalia and Thomas"--and that could be good.

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The Roanoke Times

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...

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Oprah.com

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).

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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).

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