The Double Bind
I just finished reading this book last night, The Double Bind. I can't quite pronounce the author's last name and end up calling him Chris Bojangles. I'm sure he would appreciate that. Its Chris Bohjalian and you might remember him from the Oprah book club book, Midwives. If you haven't read that one then get it now because its one of those must- read books.
The Double Bind starts off with a brutal near rape and follows the character of Laurel through her search for information about a homeless man. Laurel is a worker at a shelter who and she befriends a man named Bobbie Crocker. He was living on the streets with nothing but a bag full of photographs. When he passes away, Laurel delves into the photos, researching and becoming nearly obsessed with the indentity of this man and his relationship to the people in The Great Gatsby. There is much more to the story but I can't give it away, you will have to read the book. The second half of this novel will have you turning pages quickly as you start to piece together who this Bobbie Crocker was, why Laurel is nearly manical in her interest and what Jay Gatsby has to do with the whole thing.
All I can say is WOW, the author has an amazing imagination! I'm not giving anything else away.
Because of the Writers Stike (no new tv episodes) plus the cold, damp, rainy weather, I have been reading non-stop. If I am not on the computer, I am sitting with a book in my hand.