The Double Bind

The Double Bind

A Novel

Book - 2008
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"When 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, spending all her free time 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, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret–a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. In a tale that travels between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century, between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has written his most extraordinary novel yet."--Online description.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2008, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400031665
Call Number: BOHJALIAN
Characteristics: 395 p. ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Women college students -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Men -- Fiction.
Photographers -- Fiction.
Mentally ill -- Fiction.
Shelters for the homeless -- Fiction.
Vermont -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction


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Dec 07, 2015

I really liked this book. The story progresses as if The Great Gatsby had actually been a work of non-fiction. The Bobbie Crocker character is the heart of the story even though he is dead. The character was based on an actual homeless man named Bob “Soupy” Campbell who left behind some amazing photographs which can be seen throughout the book as well as at the author’s website. Some reviewers didn’t like the ending and I have mixed feelings about it, but it made sense and explained Laurel’s obsession over the photographs.
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bosco714 Apr 15, 2013

I thought this was well written and had a very good twist ending.

Aug 12, 2012

Great read! Absolutely loved it! want to read it again along with The Great Gatsby (again) since the narratives overlap. Yes, definitely recommend reading that one and then Gatsby, or vice versa. Enjoy!

carrilis May 08, 2011

You will want to read The Great Gatsby again after you read this! I love how Bohjalian weaves Gatsby into this story! This is one of his better books.

dsbooks Apr 27, 2011

I like reading books with a connection to history. I thought this was interesting.

Mar 06, 2010

I found the ending to be disappointing, I would almost call it a cop out ending especially because I was intrigued throughout the book. There were too many characters and even though some of it makes sense by the end. I felt there were still many loose ends and unanswered questions or answers that didn't make sense. It almost felt unfinished and the ending left me feeling disappointed and upset. I was not familiar with Chris Bohjalian, this book did not turn me into a fan.

Oct 10, 2009

Wow. What a fabulous book!


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Aug 07, 2012

During college Laurel is attacked by masked men and barely survives. Later she is working as a social worker and a man comes into her homeless shelter with nothing on him but a box of old photographs he won't let anyone see. After the man passes away, Laurel becomes interested in both the history of the man and his box of photos. They contain a deep mystery that is somehow interconnected to the day she was attacked. The man and the photos are also connected to famous people from the early half of the century, including the famed Gatsbys and Buchanans from Fitzgerald's book, The Great Gatsby. The book also explores similar themes as Gatsby.


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