June 15, 2010
June 15, 2010
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–John Irving’s twelfth novel–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.” From the novel’s taut opening sentence–“The young Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too long”–to its elegiac final chapter, Last Night in Twisted River is written with the historical authenticity and emotional authority of The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany. It is also as violent and disturbing a story as John Irving’s breakthrough bestseller, The World According to Garp.
What further distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author’s unmistakable voice–the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller. Near the end of this moving novel, John Irving writes: “We don’t always have a choice how we get to know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly–as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth–the same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be part of our lives.”
From the Hardcover edition.
In 1954, a cook in a sawmill town is still reeling from the death of his young wife when his 12-year-old son makes a horrible mistake, incurring the inextinguishable wrath of a local constable. Father and son must go on the run, pursued over miles and years by the shadow of vengeance. Taking place over 50 years, LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER is a novel of great historical and emotional depth, a story of love, loss, and fatherhood. Beloved bestselling author John Irving (THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES) returns to many of his familiar themes, but his sense of narrative and his wonderful prose render them fresh and gripping.
Author: John Irving
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Literary, Family + Friendship
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Family + Friendship, Literary
- Publisher: Ballantine Books
- Pages: 565
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: June 15, 2010
- Author: John Irving
- Online Item #: 12198899
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-3440
- ISBN: 9780345479730
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported