outstanding (phenomenal) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book #1: The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian

Hi! I'm new around these parts. My reading goal for the year is to read a book set in each US state - so 50 books total!

My first book took place in Vermont: The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian

I would say that for the first 75% of the book, I was incredibly annoyed. I was convinced I had already figured out the twist. I was annoyed that Bohjalian was reciting so much of The Great Gatsby, a book I was forced to read in high school but never enjoyed. Man, as I read the majority of the book I was just so annoyed.

Laurel is a social worker who works at a homeless shelter. Bobbie Crocker, A schizophrenic man that Laurel had helped at the shelter dies and leaves behind his treasured photographs. Laurel takes it upon herself to unravel this man's story, believing him to be the child of Daisy Buchanan.

Some seven years prior Laurel was the victim of a violent crime.

As she unravels Bobbie Crocker's story, her own story becomes clearer as well.

I really did think I had it all figured out. I was so disappointed that Bohjalian didn't hide the twist better. But when I realized how wrong I was, my whole perspective of the book changed immensely.

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