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Time in Between, the (2005) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

In search of love, absolution, or forgiveness, Charles Boatman leaves the Fraser Valley of British Columbia and returns mysteriously to Vietnam, the country where he fought twenty-nine years earlier as a young, reluctant soldier. But his new encounters seem irreconcilable with his memories.

When he disappears, his daughter Ada, and her brother, Jon, travel to Vietnam, to the streets of Danang and beyond, to search for him. Their quest takes them into the heart of a country that is at once incomprehensible, impassive, and beautiful. Chasing her fatherís shadow for weeks, following slim leads, Ada feels increasingly hopeless. Yet while Jon slips into the urban nightlife to avoid what he most fears, Ada finds herself growing closer to her missing father ó and strong enough to forgive him and bear the heartbreaking truth of his long-kept secret.

Bergenís marvellously drawn characters include Lieutenant Dat, the police officer who tries to seduce Ada by withholding information; the boy Yen, an orphan, who follows Ada and claims to be her guide; Jack Gouds, an American expatriate and self-styled missionary; his strong-willed and unhappy wife, Elaine, whose desperate encounters with Charles in the days before his disappearance will always haunt her; and Hoang Vu, the artist and philosopher who will teach Ada about the complexity of love and betrayal. We also come to learn about the reclusive author Dang Tho, whose famous wartime novel pulls at Charles in ways he canít explain.

Moving between father and daughter, the present and the past, The Time in Between is a luminous, unforgettable novel about one family, two cultures, and a profound emotional journey in search of elusive answers.

Original title: The Time in Between
Original languages: English

Quotes:

Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTies That Bind
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Notes:

  • Nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2006)
  • Nominated for the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award - Fiction Book of the Year (2006)

Edition #1: The Time in Between

The Time in Between (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "With his thoughtful dialogue, Bergen makes the charactersí heartache seep off the page." Time
  • "Bergenís best writing evokes the absence of what has been lost and, even more terribly, what is not there to be found." Globe and Mail
  • "Luminous. . . . In this meditation on the aftereffects of violence and failed human connection, Bergenís austere prose illustrates the arbitrary nature of lifeís defining moments." Publishers Weekly
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The Time in Between (November 2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780812972474
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.1 x 0.8 in
Pages: 244

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The Time in Between (May 2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 9780771011399
Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.4 x 0.6 in
Pages: 273
Notes: Emblem Editions

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The Time in Between (December 2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Waterville, ME
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
ISBN: 9781597223652
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.3 x 1.2 in
Pages: 369
Notes: Large print edition

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The Time in Between (2005)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 9780771011788
Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.5 x 1.1 in
Pages: 173

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The Time in Between (December 2005)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781400062409
Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.3 x 1 in
Pages: 237

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