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Fact and fiction become indistinguishable in The Double Bind: The story centers on Laurel Estabrook, a young social worker and survivor of a near-rape, who stumbles across photographs taken by a formerly homeless client and tries to understand how a man who'd taken snapshots of celebrities in the 50s and 60s might have wound up on the streets. However, an author's note tells us that Bohjalian conceived this book after being shown a batch of old photographs taken by a once-homeless man; and the actual photos of Bob "Soupy" Campbell are peppered throughout the text. In another neat twist, Bohjalian's resurrects details from The Great Gatsby, which become "real" in the context of his own novel--Laurel lives in West Egg; part of her hunt for her photographer's past involves meeting with the descendants of Daisy and Tom Buchanan.
As a writer who counts The Great Gatsby as one of the books that changed her life, this inclusion was both startling and remarkable for me. Who doesn't want one's favorite characters to come to life--even if it's only within the constraints of another fictional work? But Bohjalian chose his text wisely: no discussion of The Great Gatsby is complete without alluding to missed opportunities and unreliable sources--critical elements in Laurel's quest. And therein lies Bohjalian's true double bind: all stories--even the ones we tell ourselves--are subject to our own interpretation, and to the degree we can make others believe them.
The Double Bind may flirt with the classics, but it's not your father's stuffy old tome: it's the sort of book you want to read in one sitting, and it packs a twist at the end that will leave you speechless. It also, worthily, spotlights the cause of homelessness in a way that isn't preachy, but honest and explanatory. Ultimately, what Bohjalian's done is offer his lucky readers another reminder of why he's such an extraordinary author: by creating characters that become so real we lose the distinction between truth and embellishment; by reminding us that the story of any life--whether fictional, functional, or marginal--is one to be savored. --Jodi Picoult
I get the author was going for a twist, but it was badly done. Bohjalian either doesn't have an editor or needs a new one, stat. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marvalie
Basic story is good but drags in the middle part. I would have edited it morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa Magoon
Quite confusing but difficult to put down. Had to keep going back to check what was going on. On the whole a good read and very unusual like most of his work.Published 2 months ago by Ruth Smith
It was an interesting read with an unpredictable ending. I would recommend it!Published 2 months ago by fifi
Loved the book, because it totally took me by surprise! I was chilled at the ending, and plan to re read.Published 2 months ago by jdboch
Very violent, dark subject matter! I personally did not enjoy it, couldn't sleep after watching! I will not watch any more episodes.Published 2 months ago by Darsdolls
Normally I peruse a smattering of Amazon reviews to help me decide whether or not to read a book. But Chris Bohjalian gets a free pass on reviews, i.e. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RSRS