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Subject: Chris Bohjalian: my bookclub author
Date Posted: 3/2/2012 10:24 AM ET
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It hit me this morning that I've only read Chris Bohjalian books when they've been assigned for book clubs. Many years ago, I read Midwives (which I hated), and that was it for a long time. Then another group chose The Double Bind--which I LOVED. But I didn't try anything else by him. And now two different book groups are focusing on him (he'll be giving a free talk in my city next month--sponsored by our library system). I'm reading Skeletons at the Feast (which I am not fond of--I think I've read a couple too many books about the Holocaust) and The Night Strangers (which I'm totally enthralled by!).

What do you all think of this author?

                                                                                                                   Rose

Date Posted: 3/4/2012 8:47 PM ET
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Rose, I have read a few books by Bohjalian and I have really enjoyed them.  My favorite one was the Law of Similars.  If ound it to be so interesting but the end of the book did not turn out how I had hoped.  It actually made me mad.  Then again, that is what I love about some of his books.  They don't always end they way you think they should. 

Date Posted: 5/26/2012 11:03 AM ET
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I have his books on the TBR pile but have only gotten to Midwives so far.  I better get one down and get busy. 

Date Posted: 5/26/2012 11:34 AM ET
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The free lecture he gave in my city was spectacular! He referred to details from his Skeletons at the Feast, and how he decided, midstream, to make one character 

a boy instead of a girl. He also described how he made adjustments to create a certain ending.

The only book he really planned out, and stuck to the plan, was The Double Bind. (I highly recommend this book!)

I want to read everything he's written.

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Date Posted: 1/2/2013 7:15 PM ET
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I have read MIDWIVES and THE DOUBLE BIND, loved both of them.  I'm now reading WATER WITCHES.  I like that his novels are character driven.  I plan on reading more of his work.

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 10:45 PM ET
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I have read Skeletons at the Feast and Secrets of Eden and I am currently reading Trans-Sister Radio. I was not a big fan of Skeletons at the Feast, if I recall correctly I didn't even finish it. I thought Secrets of Eden was pretty good. As for Trans-sister Radio, it's definitely not for everyone. It's the story of a woman who falls in love with a man and she finds out he will be get getting a sex change in a couple of months. Most of the book I have been sitting there with my mouth opened, surprised by some of the stuff I am reading. Even thought I am a little put off by the storyline, the writing is pretty good.

Date Posted: 1/4/2013 7:58 AM ET
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Tempie, I agree with you that Trans-sister Radio had some parts that were tough to handle. While I appreciated the plot, this is probably my least favorite Bohjalian book.

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Date Posted: 3/7/2013 9:32 PM ET
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I just finished Sandcastle Girls, it was good, heavy but educational. Midwives is still my favorite.