Last Night in Twisted River: A Novel

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Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2010 - Fiction - 565 pages
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In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County—to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto—pursued by the implacable constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them. In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted River depicts the recent half-century in the United States as “a living replica of Coos County, where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course.” What further distinguishesLast Night in Twisted Riveris the author’s unmistakable voice—the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller.

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User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

Lots of unnecessary detail in a book that goes on and on. One of the books by Mr Irving equal parts funny and tragic and laughing at things that at a distance aren't that funny. Read full review

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User Review  - padmajoy - LibraryThing

I enjoy John Irving's writing style. he makes me laugh and sometimes cry. His characters have consistent qualities. A young boy attracted to older women is a frequent theme. This book is a lot about a ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

John Irving published his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, in 1968. He has been nominated for a National Book Award three times–winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. He also received an O. Henry Award, in 1981, for the short story “Interior Space.” In 1992, Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules–a film with seven Academy Award nominations. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Last Night in Twisted River is John Irving's twelfth novel.


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