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Last Night in Twisted River - John Irving

Last Night in Twisted River - John Irving

Title: Last Night in Twisted River

Author:  John Irving

ISBN:  9781408801840

Weight:  990 g

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Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving

In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear.  Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County – to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto – pursued by the implacable constable.  Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them.

In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted River – John Irving’s twelfth novel – depicts the recent half-century in the United States as ‘a living replica of Coos County, where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course’.

From the novel’s taut opening sentence to its elegiac final chapter, what distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author’s unmistakable voice, the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller.

Peer & Press Reviews

Last Night in Twisted River is a big, old-fashioned novel in the best sense; Irving has created in painstaking, loving detail a whole and complete world, a record of momentous social changes, but, above all a testament to the enduring power of love and fiction.


Irving fans will relish this action-packed tale of father-and-son runaways.

Sunday Times

An emotional authority that recalls The Cider House Rules and a plot every bit as disquieting as that of his 1978 breakthrough bestseller, The World According to Garp…  It’s a page-turner in the smartest possible sense, written with the historical authenticity and taut command of language that has established Irving as one of America’s greatest living novelists.


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Attribute Details
Title: Last Night in Twisted River
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781408801840
ISBN 10: 1408801841
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 554
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 164 x 52mm
Weight: 1.165kg [heavy book]
Design Credits
Author photograph: Everett Irving
Jacket design: David Mann
Jacket photograph: Everett Irving

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