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Reading: O is for Tim O'Brien. Another Minnesota author (see? We have more than just Garrison Keillor and John Sandford!), O'Brien is well-known for writing about the Vietnam Conflict. I have several of his books on my list of books to read someday, but one novel that I have read at least 3 times is In the Lake of the Woods. I selected this for bookclub I think the first year (so back in 1997) because I had read and loved it and wanted to discuss with someone. The story centers on a John Wade who has just spectacularly lost an election for senate and retreats with his wife Kathy to a cabin in the woods on Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota (the little "chimney" that sticks up into Canada, if you look at a map). He wakes one morning to find his wife is missing. The story is a combination of flashbacks to his childhood, college years, and his time served in Vietnam, as well as testimony and evidence from related characters. It presents several hypotheses on what happened to Kathy. I won't spoil it for you but if you only read books with neatly-tied-up happy endings, you may find yourself discouraged with this one. Very cleverly written and engaging to read, this book is also disturbing on many levels, as one might expect of a book about a misisng wife and a former soldier who has seen the atrocities of war up close. It also has a great feeling of place, the isolation of the big lake and surrounding woods. I would highly recommend In the Lake of the Woods, and plan to also read If I Die in the Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home (memoir), Going after Cacciato (winner of the National Book Award for Fiction), and novel The Things They Carried.
Until we knit and read again,
P.S. We are going to our favorite restaurant tonight for dinner, which could also have been the topic for "N" - Nectar Wine Bar and Bistro. I have already blogged (and blabbed) about that, though. Tonight I am going to try the beef bourginon which has never been on the menu before.