This remarkable new novel from the National Book Award-winning author of Going After Cacciato and The Things They Carried combines the power of the finest Vietnam fiction with the tension of a many-layered mystery.
It begins in a remote lakeside cabin deep in the Minnesota forests, where Kathy Wade is comforting her husband John, an ambitious politician, after a devastating electoral defeat.
Then one night she vanishes, and gradually the search for Kathy becomes a voyage into the darkest corners of John Wade's life, a life of deception and deceit : the life of a man able to escape everything but the chains of his darkest secret.
About the Author
Tim O'Brien was born in Minnesota, and graduated from Macalester College in St Paul. He served as an infantryman in Vietnam and after graduate studies at Harvard worked as a national affairs reporter for the Washington Post. He first came to prominence in 1973 with If I Die in a Combat Zone, the compelling fictionalised account of his time in Vietnam. His highly acclaimed novels include Going After Cacciato (winner of the 1979 National Book Award in Fiction), The Things They Carried, In the Lake of the Woods and Tomcat in Love.
'Striking, telling, deeply unsettling' - New York Times
'Brave and brilliant...[O'Brien's] speciality is that twilight zone of chimeras and fears and fantasies where nobody knows what's true and what is not' - Time Magazine, Book of the Year
'Gracefully written and as gripping as a thriller..O'Brien makes the hunt a thrilling pursuit'. - Wall Street Journal