The Third Brother by Nick McDonell
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Nick McDonell's debut novel, Twelve, was a publishing sensation. It was an international best seller and established its seventeen-year-old author as an important literary voice. In The Third Brother, McDonell delivers another remarkable novel, a haunting tale of brotherly love, family tragedy, and national grief.

Mike was a lucky child: a vacation house on Long Island, famous family friends, an Ivy League education, and also an older brother, Lyle, who looked out for him. It's 2001, and Mike is a summer intern at a magazine in Hong Kong. Sent on assignment to Bangkok, Mike finds the city electric with violence and hedonism. Nothing goes according to plan. When terrible news about his brother arrives from home, Mike rushes back to the States. Lyle is unstable and suffering from visions of an imaginary third brother. And then, a clear September morning is broken by catastrophe. While the Twin Towers burn, Mike makes an epic trek through the ghostly streets of New York to find and save Lyle. From Patpong to the World Trade Center to Harvard Yard, as his life and country come apart, Mike struggles to find his footing and go on. The joke, it turns out, is on him.

About Nick McDonell

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Nick McDonell is the son of self-made man, Terry McDonell (the editor of Sports Illustrated and former managing editor of Rolling Stone). His mother, Joan McDonell is a novelist and screenwriter. He was born on February 18, 1984. Nick wrote his first novel, Twelve, when he was 17 years old. His second novel, The Third Brother, was released in 2005. McDonell is a graduate of Harvard University.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 280 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Business & Economics, Crime. Fiction

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The hero of Nick McDonell's second novel is a Harvard student on break.

Sep 11 2005 | Read Full Review of The Third Brother: A Novel

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Later, Mike, reliving his brother's strange behaviour that day, says wonderingly to Lyle: "You set that thing off into your chin," but when a friend who was also present adds his reminiscences, Mike immediately closes access: "I'm just bullshitting with my brother."

Jan 13 2006 | Read Full Review of The Third Brother: A Novel

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three are made up of quick --- often less than three-paged ---.

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