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Was she murdered? Did she run away? Instead of answering these questions, O'Brien raises even more as he slowly reveals past lives and long-hidden secrets. Included in this third-person narrative are "interviews" with the couple's friends and family as well as footnoted excerpts from a mix of fictionalized newspaper reports on the case and real reports pertaining to historical events--a mélange that lends the novel an eerie sense of verisimilitude. If Kathy's disappearance is at the heart of this work, then John's involvement in a My Lai-type massacre in Vietnam is its core, and O'Brien uses it to demonstrate how wars don't necessarily end when governments say they do. In the Lake of the Woods may not be true, but it feels true--and for Tim O'Brien, that's true enough. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In speaking about this novel, O'Brien states that this work interrogates the fine line between biology and spirit," between some literal, if unknowable, "truth" and the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Casey Marie
Kept me in suspense with lots of twists and turns and possibilities, but didn't give it 5 stars because I felt the ending was a bit weak for me.
Still, it was a good read.
The Lake In The Woods by Tim O'Brien
Story of Wayne and wife Cathy and his attempts to become a state senator are over with. Read more
I love the writing style (evidence, hypothesys, and the like). A revelation more than a story where we discover a truth. Not necessarily the truth but a truth nevertheless.Published 4 months ago by Richard M. Konecki
Tim O'Brien is one of our best writers. You will not be dissapointed.Published 4 months ago by Robert Clanton
This novel has haunted me since I finished it over a week ago. The reader really isn't sure about much of anything in 'In the Lake of the Woods' except for the Vietnam passages and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by mike