|Blue River (1996) [Novel]|
by Ethan Canin
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"Blue River" tells the story of two brothers: Lawrence, brilliant but seething with anger, and Edward, responsible but cautious to a fault. To their mother and to the world, Lawrence is always the bad brother, Edward is always the good one. Over the years Edward has been both sustained and haunted by this perception; now a successful ophthalmologist in his early thirties, his life seems a bulwark against any thought that the truth might be complicated. Then his brother, whom he hasn't seen in ten years, appears one morning on his doorstep, knocking on his conscious. Lawrence has become everything Edward has not-a drifter, a gambler, man on the run. Sly and somehow menacing, Lawrence challanges Edward's beliefs about who his really is, forcing him to recall their tumultous childhood and uncover a long-buried story of betrayal.
In prose that simmers with grace and deep feeling, Ethan Canin illuminates the lives of two men searching for a way to become brothers. This wise and beautiful book cuts a fresh path through the wilderness of the human heart.
Original title: Blue River
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives