John Irving discusses his new novel, LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER, available 10/27/09.
In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constables girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos Countyto Boston, to southern Vermont, to Torontopursued 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 RiverJohn Irvings twelfth noveldepicts 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. From the novels taut opening sentenceThe young Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too longto its elegiac final chapter, Last Night in Twisted River is written with the historical authenticity and emotional authority of The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany. It is also as violent and disturbing a story as John Irvings breakthrough bestseller, The World According to Garp.
What further distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the authors unmistakable voicethe inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller. Near the end of this moving novel, John Irving writes: We dont always have a choice how we get to know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanlyas if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earththe same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be part of our lives.
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