I finally finished! This was a LONG book that took me a long time to get into. I’m used to chomping through a book in a few days but this one took me well over a week partly because it did not have “text to speech.” So, when I was tired, I had to put it down. It was very good though and well worth the effort. It has a lot to do with parental love and loss; lifetime friendship; a writer’s life experiences and a farting dog. Here is a quick synopsis from the Library:
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.
It was interesting that the writer was writing about the book as you read the book too! The Library only has one other book he wrote available as a Kindle Book:
I think this is his latest novel. Some of his later novels from the 70’s & 80’s I remember are Cider House Rules, Setting Free the Bears and The World According to Garp. He has many other novels so if you’re a fan visit his website.
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