In the Lake of the Woods

In the Lake of the Woods

Large Print - 2007
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America Library Association Notable Book.

Year's Best Work of Fiction - Time.

New York Times Editor's Choice.

Booklist Editor's Choice.

"For fiction collections both large and small." - Library Journal.

"One comes away from this novel with goosebumps." - The Washington Times.

"A skillful and haunting piece about the manipulation of love and the past." - Christian Science Monitor.

John Wade is a Vietnam vet, and a man in crisis. He's spent years building a successful political career that's now being derailed by revelations about his past as a soldier in Vietnam. He loses the election and retreats to a small cabin near a Minnesota lake - from which his wife, Kathy, mysteriously disappears. Was foul play involved or did Kathy simply decide to leave. As John Wade looks for answers he uncovers that wars don't necessarily end when governments say they do.

Publisher: Waterville, ME : Center Point, 2007
ISBN: 9781585479948
Branch Call Number: LP OBRI
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 24 cm


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SPPL_Anna Mar 15, 2018

I did not enjoy reading this for school--I did enjoy our in class discussions of it since there is so much to dig into--and I find that I do not care for O'Brien generally.

Jan 27, 2017

This was a new author for me and, as I was looking for a good mystery, I was surprised to find myself not only immersed in the mystery at hand that takes place years later, but also in the memories and flashbacks to the Viet Nam War...all based on fact - the My Lai Massacre. The author was there as a soldier shortly after that terrible annihilation of innocents. He knows what our men went through, psychologically, and what drove them to commit such awful carnage, all without dismissing their and their superiors' guilt. A powerful message of the long-lasting effects on such young, unformed men, pushed to their limits, haunted throughout their lives by the orders prescribed to them by war. Powerful and engaging. I will be reading more of Tim O'Brien's work.

May 25, 2016

Winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for 1993.

Jan 10, 2015

A sad story of ruined lives; a sad childhood, the horrors of the Vietnam war, misplaced ambitions. Very well written, reads like a mystery.

Jan 08, 2014

Have to agree with rural_librarian. I'm not a fan of mysteries, but this book is both well-written and riveting. I often read a book and a few months later can recall whether I enjoyed it or not, but can't really retell the plot details very well. This is one of those rare books that has a very memorable story line. Read it!

Sep 18, 2012

Good book with an interesting story - characters are believable.

Mar 05, 2011

I could not put this book down!
Great suspense! Excellent writing!

Nov 30, 2009

Loved this book. I'm not usually a fan of mysteries or suspensful stories, but this book had me hooked from beginning to end. Tim O'Brien creates such a compelling lead character, I had to race to the finish to find out what happens. I highly recommend anything by Tim O'Brien, and this book is a great introduction to one of America's best fiction writers.

Mar 25, 2008

This is one of those rare books that one really never forgets. Eerie, suspenseful, haunting.

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Jul 14, 2011

izzyjpj thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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