The Double Bind: A Novel

Version: Abridged
Author: Chris Bohjalian
Narrator: Susan Denaker
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: February 2007
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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As the "New York Times" has said, "Few writers can manipulate a plot with ]Chris( Bohjalian's grace and power." Now he is back with an ambitious new novel that travels between Jay Gatsby's Long Island and rural New England, between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century.
When college sophomore Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont's back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography and begins to work at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won't let anyone see. When Bobbie dies suddenly, Laurel discovers that before he was homeless, Bobbie Crocker was a successful photographer.
As Laurel's fascination with Bobbie's former life begins to merge into obsession, she becomes convinced that some of his photographs reveal a deeply hidden, dark family secret and falls into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her.
In this spellbinding literary thriller, rich with complex and compelling characters, Chris Bohjalian takes listeners on his most intriguing, most haunting, and most unforgettable journey yet.

Reviews (2)

I loved it

Written by KE73 on September 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

kept me intrigued all the way through. I fell in love with the main character so the ending of the novel came as a real shock to me. I had to take it all in after finishing the novel...It's what I call an "aha!" book.

Good Book

Written by Anonymous on July 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I thought this was a good book, kept my attention and it had a great story line, I did not like the ending though.

Author Details

Author Details

Bohjalian, Chris

"Chris Bohjalian is the author of nine novels, and a collection of essays (Idyll Banter). He won the New England Book Award in 2002. His novel Midwives was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah's Book Club, a Publishers Weekly ""Best Book,"" and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. His work has been translated into 17 languages, been published in 20 countries, and twice become acclaimed movies (Midwives and Past the Bleachers). The Buffalo Soldier, The Law of Similars, and Water Witches are all in development for movies, as well. He has written for a wide variety of magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and has been a Sunday columnist for Gannett's Burlington Free Press since 1992. Chris graduated from Amherst College, and lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter."