When long-hidden secrets about his past come to light, John Wade a Vietnam veteran and recent candidate for the U.S. Senate retreats with his wife, Kathy, to a lakeside cabin in northern Minnesota. Within days of their arrival, Kathy mysteriously vanishes into the watery wilderness. As a search is begun, several explanations, all of them ...
When long-hidden secrets about his past come to light, John Wade a Vietnam veteran and recent candidate for the U.S. Senate retreats with his wife, Kathy, to a lakeside cabin in northern Minnesota. Within days of their arrival, Kathy mysteriously vanishes into the watery wilderness. As a search is begun, several explanations, all of them disturbing, rise to the surface in this unforgettable story about the vagaries of memory, love, and deception. A gut-punch of a novel . . . O Brien turns the thriller form inside out. seattle post-intelligencer A memorable mystery story charged with haunting ambiguity . . . If any American novelist is creating more beautifully written, emotionally harrowing tales than Tim O Brien, I don t know who it could be. entertainment weekly Serious, gracefully written, and at the same time, as gripping as a thriller. wall street journal Not only brilliant but riveting . . . In the Lake of the Woods is not only a book you don t turn away from, it s a book you can t put down. It comes not just as a literary event but almost a literary miracle. san jose mercury news"
John's political career is finished after it suffers a devastating defeat when stories of a Viet Nam massacre cover-up surface and are connected to him. John and his wife Kathy escape the ridicule of the public eye to their lake cabin in the deep woods of Minnesota. While at the cabin, Kathy disappears without a trace. Did she leave with her lover, flee alone, or did John, in his increasing insanity, kill her? Or are John and Kathy planning a deep woods escape across the border to Canada to live out their lives in obscurity? The story is told throughout in the voices of others. It is extremely well-written, haunting and near impossible to put down. Not for the squeamish, it is never-the-less, one fantastic read.
Jan 31, 2008
Magic, Reality & the Vietnam War
What really happened to John Wade when he was a soldier in Vietnam? And what really happened to his recently-missing wife, Kathy? O'Brien's book traces John's life from childhood to present, just after John's failed bid at running for Congress. We get snippets of truth and differing perceptions as the people in John's life, from Kathy's distraught relatives to John's childhood acquaintances, offer pieces of the puzzle, sometimes only one line at a time. A great read, but not for someone who needs absolute answers about "what really happened." You'll have to decide for yourself as you read this sometimes graphic and often haunting story.
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