Monday, September 15, 2014

The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian (audio)

★★ 1/2
"A term came to her that they used on occasion at the shelter: the double bind...They used the expression in much the same way that they would use a term like catch-22."

 After 26-year-old Laurel is attacked while riding her bicycle, she begins to withdraw into her photography and working at a homeless shelter.  She meets Bobbie Crocker and, when he suddenly dies, gets swept into a mystery involving a box of photographs that may lead to secrets about his past.  While looking for clues to Bobbie life, she realizes that there maybe connections to her own secrets as well.

This book didn't really do much for me.  I enjoyed the writing, but the story was just so-so.  I guess I have a harder time connecting to modern-day characters.  One of the few things that kept me going in the novel was the references to characters from F. Scott Fitgerald's "The Great Gatsby."  I really liked how the author was able to use these references in a way that flowed so well together.  It made me forget that the characters were from a book and not the past!


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