Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Double Bind

I just finished a fantastic book, so I thought what better way to ring in the new year than to talk about it in a blog post! biggrin I have been quite absent lately, so I need to get things back in order in '09 with continuing our honeymoon narrative and keeping you posted on our everyday happenings. I did get an iPhone for Christmas which I'm loving, so now that I have the Internet at my fingertips 24/7, maybe I'll get better at posting. We'll see. wink

The book I just finished was called The Double Bind, by Chris Bohjalian. Talk about a page turner! The story was about a young woman, Laurel, who is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont's back roads. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, while spending all her free time at a homeless shelter as a social worker after graduating college. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs he won't let anybody see. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret. In a tale that has a strong connection with The Great Gatsby, it definitely left me speechless with it's sudden surprise ending.

By reading up on some of his other books, the author seems to pick somewhat controversial or "deep" topics and delve into them in his writing. Compelling, addictive....highly recommend! And you'll be seeing some of his other books on my wish list this year!!


Deanna,  January 8, 2009 at 4:23 PM  

Ok Ms. Kelley - the fate of my book happiness rests entirely in your hands. I checked this book out at our local library today (library? they still have those?). I'm partway through Catcher In The Rye, so we'll see which books wins my attention!

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