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Since the poll was SO close last month and we’ve had multiple people requesting this book, The Double Bind will be discussed for our February Book Club! We’ll be discussing it in 2 parts, I’ll post the part 1 discussion thread on Friday, February 10th. The part 2 discussion thread will be posted on Friday, February 17th.
Here’s a quick summary 🙂
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
Readers will be startled to learn early on that the heroine of this engrossing puzzle, 26-year-old Laurel Estabrook, was born in West Egg. Wait a minute, wasn’t West Egg where Jay Gatsby lived? Laurel works in a Burlington, Vt., homeless shelter and is trying to overcome mental and physical scars incurred from a brutal assault some six years earlier. After being given a portfolio of photographs taken by a recently deceased resident of the shelter, Bobbie Crocker, she becomes obsessed with questions surrounding what appears to be a picture of herself shot on the day of her attack. Laurel’s already fragile mental state begins to unravel as she follows Bobbie’s life from his rich-kid childhood on Long Island to homelessness in Vermont. The Gatsby references form the basis of the mystery, compelling readers to try to imagine how this fictional backdrop relates to the novel’s “reality.” It’s a high-wire act for bestseller Bohjalian (Midwives), and while the climactic explanation may be a letdown for some, he generally pulls off a tricky and intriguing premise.