The Walking Tour by Kathryn Davis

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Two couples -- businessman Bobby Rose and his artist wife, Carole Ridingham; his partner, Coleman Snow, and Snow's wife, Ruth Farr -- have gone on a walking tour in Wales, during which a fatal accident occurs. The question of what happened preoccupies not only an ensuing negligence trial but also the narrator, Bobby and Carole's daughter, Susan, who lives alone in her parents' house near the coast of Maine. Assisted by court transcripts, a notebook computer containing Ruth Farr's journal, and a young vagrant who has taken to camping on her doorstep, Susan lays open the moral predicament at the heart of the book: we are culpable beings, even though we live in a world of imperfect knowledge.

About Kathryn Davis

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Kathryn Davis is also the author of novels, "The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf" & "Hell." The recipient of a Kafka Prize, she teaches at Skidmore College & lives with her husband & their daughter in Vermont.
Published November 8, 1999 by Houghton Mifflin. 264 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What emerges is a series of betrayals: of Bobby by Coleman, of Carole by Ruth, and of Carole by the ever-bored and amorous Bobby.

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Entertainment Weekly

Sequestered at her family's Maine estate in an environmentally ravaged near-future, Susan, the narrator of this engrossing psychological novel, uses journals, letters, and trial transcripts to reconstruct the disappearance and possible murder of her mother, Carole, during (surprise!

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Austin Chronicle

Kathryn Davis's new novel The Walking Tour defies any easy summary but here's the basic narrative: Late in the 20th century, two couples, Bobby Rose and Carole Ridingham and Coleman Snow and Ruth Farr, join a group of tourists for a pleasantly bucolic walking tour through the Welsh countryside.

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Boston Review

In her new novel, The Walking Tour, as in her three previous books, Kathryn Davis takes what would seem to be a simple story and complicates it almost beyond recognition.

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