The Reconstructionist by Nick Arvin

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I found I could put this book down and not pick it up for a while.
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Synopsis

In a gripping novel of secrets and survival from an acclaimed, emerging literary voice, the collision between a budding forensic investigator, his tormented mentor, and the haunted woman who emerges from the wreckage of his past will have fateful results for all. Following his collection In the Electric Eden and the novel Articles of War, Nick Arvin’s The Reconstructionist is both a page-turning thriller and a powerful novel of character, with shades of Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Dennis Cooper’s The Marbled Swarm, and Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club. Fascinating and yet disturbing, redemptive and yet bleak, The Reconstructionist is like no other book today—while its timeless themes of damage and growth, decisiveness and responsibility, will echo far into the future.
 

About Nick Arvin

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Nick Arvin is the author of the novel Articles of War, which was named one of the Best Books of Year by Esquire magazine. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and elsewhere. He has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Library Association, as well as the Colorado Book Award, and fellowships from the Michener-Copernicus Society, the Isherwood Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he also holds degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and Stanford, and has worked in both automotive and forensic engineering. Arvin lives in Denver, Colorado.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Harper Perennial. 338 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Reconstructionist
All: 10 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 3

Leeswammes' Blog

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Reviewed by Lesswammes on Apr 07 2012

It’s written beautifully but not in a difficuly, heavily literary manner.

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Beth Fish Reads

Good
Reviewed by Beth Fish on Mar 23 2012

Arvin's prose is easy to read, drawing you in and teasing you with hints of the possible ending.

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Sophisticated Dorkiness

Good
Reviewed by Kim on Mar 13 2012

What probably made the book though was the way Arvin was able to use this story to ask (and not always answer) some big questions about love and life.

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Book'd Out

Below average
Reviewed by Shelleyrae on Mar 03 2012

I am sure more literary minded readers will find great meaning in the rather bizarre twist the book takes towards the end but those readers, like me, who prefer something more grounded may find themselves let down.

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Toothy Books

Good
Reviewed by Toothy on Mar 26 2012

Overall, the character development in this book was amazing.

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DBC Reads

Good
Reviewed by Marnie Shure on Mar 13 2012

That’s where the beauty is in these pages: Boggs’ declarations.

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Collected Miscellany

Good
Reviewed by Kevin Holtsberry on Mar 27 2012

But if you find the literary and psychological exploration of these questions interesting then I think you will enjoy the novel.

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Home Between Pages

Below average
Reviewed by Rachel on Mar 26 2012

As I said, having mixed feelings about a book is tough.

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It's Either Sadness or Euphoria

Good
Reviewed by LHH on Apr 09 2012

This book was fascinating, compelling, and a little off-kilter at times.

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Reviewed by Mom

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Reviewed by Mom on Apr 05 2012

I found I could put this book down and not pick it up for a while.

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