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Subject: Any Chris Bohjalian fans?
Date Posted: 10/31/2008 10:49 PM ET
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I went to an author event at one of my favorite bookstores Thurs night and got to see him. I haven't read any of his books, and I don't really know anything about him. I went because it was supposed to be about the writing process, and how he goes about writing his books. Well, it was absolutely fabulous! I enjoyed it so much that I just ordered one of his books, The Buffalo Soldier. He was just so funny. He was really warm and friendly and seemed to enjoy all the audience questions (the place was packed, they actually had to stop letting people into the room because it was filled to capacity.) The coolest part was that he read us 2 sections from the book he is currently working on. Only 2 people, his wife and his editor, have seen any of the book, and he read us two sections. It won't be out until March of 2010. I feel really special. Plus, I did enjoy what he had to say about the writing process. I go to quite a few author events, but this was by far one of the best.

Date Posted: 11/1/2008 2:23 AM ET
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BC, I really enjoy Bohjalian's work.  I've read Midwives, Law of Similars, and Water Witches.  Each one has surprised me some way.  I like how his subject matter is somewhat off beat.

Subject: The Double Bind
Date Posted: 11/1/2008 2:32 PM ET
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I recently listened to The Double Bind.I thought it was very good and it had some plot twists that took me by surprise.

Date Posted: 11/1/2008 5:14 PM ET
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I really enjoy his novel.  His latest one, Skeletons at the Feast, was so good, that I read it in one sitting.

Date Posted: 11/1/2008 8:02 PM ET
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Aah, BC I am so jealous.  I just started to read his books last year and love them.  I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Buffalo Solider and Law of Similars.  I just picked up The Double Bind.  If I can ever find the time to get off these boards and start reading this is the next book on my list to read.

Date Posted: 11/2/2008 1:27 PM ET
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I absolutely loved Midwives, and you know, even the movie, with Cissy Spacek was great.  So egerly I tried Trans-sister Sister, next (might have the name a tad twisted), and then The Double Bind.  Both disappointed me enough that I sent off a couple others I had on my TBR without reading them.  Now, I admit, I read Midwives, but listened to the other two.  However, I am an audio addict and the readers were very good.  It was the content.  I just got bored.  My husband listened to both with me and he felt the same.  Couldn't wait for them to end.  Actually, he wouldn't finish the Double Bind.  Something kept me going with it, perhaps it was my confusion over the Gatsby connection.  What the hell? I kept asking.  So I finished it, and agree, a helluva twist. 

But, even if I hated those books, I would have really enjoyed being at that event you were at, and surely understand your thrill.

Date Posted: 11/2/2008 3:59 PM ET
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Bonnie, I've never read those two so I can't say.  Maybe they weren't that good.  I would say Law of Similars and Water Witches were very much in the same vein as Midwives.

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 7:02 AM ET
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I have Midwives on my shelf and I still have yet to read it but I thik I'll push that up to my tbr pile. OMG! There's a movie...I gotta get it!  I'm happy for this post. Thanks!



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Date Posted: 11/3/2008 7:42 AM ET
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If you enjoy Jodi Picoult or Alice Hoffman and don't mind the slightly strange topics that he writes about, Chris Bohjalian is great.  I was raised in Vermont and I love the way he describes New England.  But his topics usually aren't for the faint of heart.  There are very few male authors that can write good, strong female characters and he is one of them.  I've read Midwives, Law of Similars, Double Bind, Water Witches, Trans-sister Radio and Before You Know Kindness.  Only Before You Know Kindness dragged in the middle for me.  I will say that his books are the kind where you don't tend to know how good the book is until the last few chapters, then you really start to realize the magnificance of the writing he has done.

Kerry

Subject: title help?
Date Posted: 11/3/2008 3:11 PM ET
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I'm hoping one of you can help me.  I read Midwives years ago when it first came out out hardcover.  My brother & SIL, who live in Vermont, sent me a signed edition.  I remember liking it, but not much else about it.  Just last week my mother told me to get his "new one" with the picture of someone riding a bicycle on the cover.  Can someone tell me what that is?  The couple of times I tried to find it here or in Amazon, I couldn't see the cover pictures well enough on this tiny monitor to see what was what.  While we're on the topic, is that a good one?

Thanks!  Cindy

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 5:06 PM ET
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That is The Double Bind, Cindy.  The one with the weird twists.

Ahh. Before you Know Kindness is one that I sent off without reading, and I do have Law of Similiars, which I will try.  I can always stop reading and repost.  I stop reading and repost a lot...more and more as I get older.

 

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Date Posted: 11/5/2008 3:24 AM ET
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I've read Midwives and really enjoyed it.  I should check out his other stuff.  For the longest time I thought he was a she!

Subject: living in Vermont...
Date Posted: 11/5/2008 9:38 AM ET
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...I have read most of his books and seen him speak at different functions.  I love his book "Idyll Banter," which are just a bunch of short stories about living in Vermont and his neighbors.  If you love his writing, you might also want to check out his blog at his website.

Date Posted: 11/6/2008 8:34 AM ET
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I read Midwives when it was first published, I thought he was a she too! lol  Terrific read btw.

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 1:05 PM ET
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I've read Idyll Banter, kind of his personal funny memoir; and just finished yesterday Skeletons at the Feast. With all the hype behind this author i was skeptical, but i really enjoyed his book.

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 1:09 PM ET
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Ok, ok, I tried to read the Double Bind but just couldn't get into it.  I know the photographs play a big part in the book - right?  But seriously, I just couldn't get past them.....enough about the pictures already. The story just dragged on and on and on and on and on and on!

Sadly, I have put the book aside for now.  I can't decide if I should just post the book here on PBS or hold on to it hoping I will change my mind and pick it up again.....anyone else have a hard time getting through Double Bind?



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Date Posted: 11/13/2008 1:12 PM ET
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hmmm.. maybe i will wait on The Double Bind. What about Before You Know Kindness? Anyone have thoughts?

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 9:41 AM ET
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Wendy, my husband and I thought it got worse, boring-wise, and his comments were like yours, mostly about the photos.  And the thing is, all this draggy boring stuff is a buildup to a really weird, shocking twist at the end.  Not the one I thought I saw coming.  All in all, for me, who did listen till the end, the book just wasn't worth it.  No matter how much of a shocker the ending is.

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 5:18 PM ET
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I loved The Double Bind and the twist at the end. But then again, I almost always love books with the whole "unreliable narrator" twist.

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 10:22 PM ET
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Bohjalian has long been one of my favorite authors.  My favorites have been Buffalo Soldier and Midwives.  I would encourage you to check them out.  If one book is not to your liking, another may be...

Subject: Chris Bohjalian
Date Posted: 11/22/2008 11:54 AM ET
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I read Midwives years ago and really enjoyed it very much never saw the movie though.  Just finished Skeletons at the Feast and couldn"t put it down.  I have a few other of his books to read on my list and after reading above commets I think Buffalo Soldiers will be next.

Date Posted: 11/24/2008 4:18 PM ET
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I liked Midwives and  loved Buffalo Soldier, but was not crazy about Law of Similars.  I found it too unbelievable that the main character would risk absolutely everything for a woman after such a short acquaintance.

Date Posted: 11/24/2008 8:13 PM ET
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I haven't read Buffalo Soldiers.  I've got the new book, but am holding off since I just read a novel set in WWII.

Midwives and Law of Similiars are my favorites.

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 9:03 AM ET
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Wow...this is such a cool thread, mostly due to so many completely different opinions!

Bren, I usually like the unreliable narrator too, but with this one, for me, what took me to the ending was just too boring. 

 

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 8:57 PM ET
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I've been thinking about picking one of his books for my next book club pick. I can't decide between Midwives, Buffalo Soldiers or Skeletons at the Feast. Any opinions??

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