Last night in Twisted River - John Irving

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Title
Last night in Twisted River - a novel
Author
John Irving
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Ballantine
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20100615

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.

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John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times-winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. In 1992, Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules-a film with seven Academy Award nominations.

"Absolutely unmissable . . . [A] big-hearted, brilliantly written and superbly realized intergenerational tale of a father and son."-Financial Times

"Engrossing . . . Irving's sentences and paragraphs are assembled with the skill and attention to detail of a master craftsman creating a dazzling piece of jewelry from hundreds of tiny, bright stones."-Houston Chronicle

"There's plenty of evidence in Irving's agility as a writer in Last Night in Twisted River. . . . some of the comic moments are among the most memorable that Irving has written."-New York Times

"A rich and evocative story."-Washington Post

Type
BOOK
Edition
Ballantine Books trade pbk Edition
Keyword Index
Teenage boys - Fiction.|Fathers and sons - Fiction.|Fugitives from justice - Fiction.|Loggers - Fiction.|Coos County (N.H.) - Fiction.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
565

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