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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This is truly one of the best books I have ever read.The story spans over a fifty year period with the start of a father young son and close family friend.Keeps you interested from beginning to end ... Read full review

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This is John Irvings finest book! The reader is in the story throughout the entire book. The characters will make you laugh and cry within the same paragraph. This book is a must to own as you will want to reread it many times. 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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