Man in the Woods (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Sep 14, 2010 - Fiction - 336 pages
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One of the most acclaimed modern American novelists, Scott Spencer captures the intensity of human passion—and its capacity to both destroy and redeem—with unparalleled precision and insight. Now, in his most stunning novel yet, this wry, witty, and deeply sensitive writer returns to the territory of his New York Times bestseller A Ship Made of Paper, in a gripping and provocative psychological thriller of morality and manhood, choice and fate.

Paul has been on his own since he was a teenager, leading a life of freedom and independence, beholden to no one and nothing. Fearless, resolute, and guided by his own private moral code, he has hunted for food in Alaska, fought forest fires, and been deputized in a manhunt for a kidnapper in South Dakota.Once he thought his life would have no particular rhyme or reason, touched only by transient strangers. Then he meets the beautiful, intelligent, loving Kate Ellis and her daughter, Ruby, who offer order and constancy. But Paul is a man of deep convictions, and the compromises we all make to get along in the world elude him.

On his way home after rejecting a job remodeling a luxurious Manhattan apartment, Paul stops to gather his thoughts at a state park just off the highway. Instead of peace, he finds a man savagely beating a dog, and in a few fateful moments Paul is plunged into a world of violence and onto a tumultuous journey of self-knowledge, guilt, and redemption.

With the psychological acuity and razor-sharp prose for which he has been celebrated, award-winning, bestselling novelist Scott Spencer once again takes us on an unforgettable journey of manhood lost and found.

  

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Scott Spencer is an amazing writer, no doubt about it. - Goodreads
The ending seemed inevitable...sigh. - Goodreads
A happy ending was not to be. - Goodreads
The plot broods along, heading to its logical end. - Goodreads
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User Review  - mkboylan - LibraryThing

[Man in the Woods] by [[Scott Spencer]] Briefly, the premise is a good man "loses it" and commits accidental manslaughter. The book examines the effects this has on him, his girlfriend, and their ... Read full review

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User Review  - Caitdub - LibraryThing

boasts it's about "true nature" of man. violence and love. what i'm seeing: a slightly neurotic woman wavering in and out of her faith, who happens to be in love with a man who is a beautiful ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
12
Section 3
24
Section 4
39
Section 5
50
Section 6
65
Section 7
70
Section 8
80
Section 13
151
Section 14
158
Section 15
169
Section 16
197
Section 17
212
Section 18
231
Section 19
238
Section 20
263

Section 9
89
Section 10
96
Section 11
119
Section 12
127
Section 21
307
Section 22
313
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About the author (2010)

Scott Spencer is the author of nine previous novels, including A Ship Made of Paper, Waking the Dead, and the international bestseller Endless Love. He has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, and Harper’s, and has taught writing at Columbia University, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Williams College, and for the Bard Prison Initiative. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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