Last Night in Twisted River
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from John Irving's In One Person.
In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County—to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto—pursued by the implacable constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them. In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted River depicts the recent half-century in the United States as “a living replica of Coos County, where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course.” What further distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author’s unmistakable voice—the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller.
Publishers Weekly Review
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John Irving writes about what scares him most: the loss of a child. This theme is in A Widow for One Year, Garp, and now Twisted River. He simply is the most gifted and consistent American story teller alive. We all have but one life. Time spent with John Irving is worth spending.