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In the Lake of the Woods

(1994)
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Tim O'Brien has been writing about Vietnam in one way or another ever since he served there as an infantryman in the late 1960s. His earliest work on the subject, If I Die in a Combat Zone, was an intensely personal memoir of his own tour of duty; his books since then have featured many of the same elements of fear, boredom, and moral ambiguity but in a fictional setting. In 1994 O'Brien wrote In the Lake of the Woods, a novel that, while imbued with the troubled spirit of Vietnam, takes place entirely after the war and in the United States. The main character, John Wade, is a man in crisis: after spending years building a successful political career, he finds his future derailed during a bid for the U.S. Senate by revelations about his past as a soldier in Vietnam. The election lost by a landslide, John and his wife, Kathy, retreat to a small cabin on the shores of a Minnesota lake--from which Kathy mysteriously disappears.

Was she murdered? Did she run away? Instead of answering these questions, O'Brien raises even more as he slowly reveals past lives and long-hidden secrets. Included in this third-person narrative are "interviews" with the couple's friends and family as well as footnoted excerpts from a mix of fictionalized newspaper reports on the case and real reports pertaining to historical events--a mélange that lends the novel an eerie sense of verisimilitude. If Kathy's disappearance is at the heart of this work, then John's involvement in a My Lai-type massacre in Vietnam is its core, and O'Brien uses it to demonstrate how wars don't necessarily end when governments say they do. In the Lake of the Woods may not be true, but it feels true--and for Tim O'Brien, that's true enough. --Alix Wilber

Genre: Mystery

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July 2007 : USA Library Binding
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Title: In the Lake of the Woods (Readers Circle Series)
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-58547-994-2 / 978-1-58547-994-8 (USA edition)
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September 2006 : USA Library Binding
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Title: In The Lake Of The Woods (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
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July 2003 : USA Library Binding

Title: In the Lake of the Woods
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-7857-8683-X / 978-0-7857-8683-2 (USA edition)
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October 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: In the Lake of the Woods
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-395-48889-3 / 978-0-395-48889-8 (USA edition)
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September 1994 : Canada Hardback
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ISBN: 1-895246-31-8 / 978-1-895246-31-5 (Canada edition)
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February 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: In the Lake of the Woods
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-00-654395-2 / 978-0-00-654395-4 (UK edition)
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September 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: In the Lake of the Woods
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September 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: In the Lake of the Woods
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-14-025094-8 / 978-0-14-025094-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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December 1995 : USA Paperback

Title: In the Lake of the Woods
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-606-25298-3 / 978-0-606-25298-0 (USA edition)
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April 1995 : Paperback
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April 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: In the Lake of the Woods
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-5012-4633-X / 978-1-5012-4633-3 (USA edition)
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February 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: In the Lake of the Woods
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October 2012 : USA Audio CD

Title: In The Lake Of The Woods
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October 2012 : USA MP3 CD

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April 2012 : USA Audio CD
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April 2012 : USA Audio CD
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April 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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January 2012 : USA Audio edition
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January 2012 : Australia Audio edition
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January 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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January 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Kindle Editions

September 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: In the Lake of the Woods
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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September 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: In the Lake of the Woods: A Novel
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
Publisher: Mariner Books
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