Last Night in Twisted River

Last Night in Twisted River

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By (author) John Irving

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 178mm x 41mm | 349g
  • Publication date: 16 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552776580
  • ISBN 13: 9780552776585
  • Sales rank: 239,021

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In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, a twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, pursued by the 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 River - John Irving's twelfth novel - depicts the recent half-century in the United States as a world 'where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course.' From the novel's taut opening sentence to its elegiac final chapter, what distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author's unmistakable voice, the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller.

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John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times, winning it in 1980 for The World According to Garp. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules - a film with seven Academy Award nominations. Last Night in Twisted River is his twelfth novel.

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"Last Night in Twisted River is a big, old-fashioned novel in the best sense; Irving has created in painstaking, loving detail a whole and complete world, a record of momentous social changes, but, above all a testament to the enduring power of love and fiction" Observer "A page-turner in the smartest possible sense, written with the historical authenticity and taut command of language that has established Irving as one of America's greatest living novelists" GQ "The most poetic and powerful of Irving's work to date" Independent on Sunday