The Double Bind: Book summary and reviews of The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian

The Double Bind

A Novel

by Chris Bohjalian

The Double Bind
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2007
    384 pages
    Genre: Novels

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When a homeless man dies at the shelter where Laurel works, leaving behind a hoard of photographs substantiating his claim that he knew jazz and blues greats of an earlier era, Laurel feels compelled to investigate his past.

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It's a high-wire act for bestseller Bohjalian, and while the climactic explanation may be a letdown for some, he generally pulls off a tricky and intriguing premise." - PW.
"Although Laurel isn't as easy to connect to as previous Bohjalian characters, this elegantly crafted tale is well worth delving into." - Booklist.

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Chris Bohjalian Author Biography

Chris Bohjalian and his wife decided to leave New York City in 1986 for "pastoral" Vermont after a wild and terrifying 45-minute cab ride that ultimately dropped them at a crack house being stormed by police.

Fans of Mr. Bohjalian are probably very pleased that he did not take the advice given him in college by the writer-in-residence when he applied for a writing seminar. After reading the short story required for admittance, the writer/instructor "slid my short story across the expanse of the desk as if it were a piece of profoundly disagreeable road kill. 'I have three words for you, she said. Be a banker'."

Instead he had the courage to follow his dream and take his own advice which he now doles out to new writers wanting to be discovered. ...

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Chris Bohjalian: bo-jail-yen (first syllable pronounced like to tie a bow)

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