The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
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When 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, spending all her free time 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, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret–a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. In a tale that travels between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century, between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has written his most extraordinary novel yet.


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About Chris Bohjalian

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CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the critically acclaimed author of twelve novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind, and Midwives. His novel, Midwives, was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages and twice became movies (Midwives and Past the Bleachers). He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter. Visit him at www.ChrisBohjalian.com or on Facebook.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published February 12, 2008 by Vintage. 418 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Horror, Romance. Fiction

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Psychological thriller, crime novel and "what-if" sequel to The Great Gatsby—with significant twists.

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Publishers Weekly

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Readers will be startled to learn early on that the heroine of this engrossing puzzle, 26-year-old Laurel Estabrook, was born in West Egg. Wait a minute, wasn't West Egg where Jay Gatsby lived?

Nov 13 2006 | Read Full Review of The Double Bind: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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Readers will be startled to learn early on that the heroine of this engrossing puzzle, 26-year-old Laurel Estabrook, was born in West Egg.

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Prior to the attack, Laurel was an outgoing young woman, but not surprising, the attack leaves her withdrawn and introspective.

May 11 2007 | Read Full Review of The Double Bind: A Novel

Suite 101

Bristol cops Jack Caffery and Phoebe "Flea" Marley face their most formidable foe to date in this twisty thriller by the author of SKIN.

Jun 22 2008 | Read Full Review of The Double Bind: A Novel

The Bookbag

Moreover, I find myself longing to read the next : I'm a recent convert to this wonderful author but have every intention of reading all his work - numbering nine to date.

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About.com Bestsellers

One of Bohjalian’s previous books, Midwives, was chosen as an Oprah’s Book Club selection, and The Double Bind should win him even more fans.Pros'The Double Bind' is a page-turner that’s also sensitive and beautifully written.The book is scattered with arresting photographs taken by the man who i...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Philadelphia Inquirer 1.5 of 5 Stars "Bohjalian structures a crucial plot point around the descendants of the Buchanan family, and the resulting plot twists not only add a pointless dimension to the classic work but plunge The Double Bind into awkward fan-fiction territory."

Aug 07 2007 | Read Full Review of The Double Bind: A Novel

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