Bound

Bound

by Antonya Nelson
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Bound by Antonya Nelson

Even after nearly two decades together, the Desplaines have their secrets. Oliver, an aging Wichita entrepreneur, is on his third marriage, and has recently found an even younger mistress. Catherine, his seemingly content wife, has a more colorful past than her husband knows, and it's about to come rushing back when Catherine learns she's been named guardian of a teenage girl she's never met. Meanwhile, the Wichita media is buzzing with the reemergence of a serial killer who haunted Catherine's own adolescence; a murderer has been hiding in plain sight, raising questions of how little any of us can truly know of our neighbors, our loved ones, or ourselves.

Praise for Bound (A New York Times Notable Book):

"Antonya Nelson wields words with breathtaking precision in Bound...Turning tiny moments into revelations, she brilliantly exposes the fears and delusions that drive people to rationalize destructive choices...[A] wise exploration of the war between our worst impulses and our better selves."-O, the Oprah Magazine

"In her extraordinary fourth novel, Antonya Nelson captures the clamor and swirl of life in this new century ... She pulls the tension to a flawlessly calibrated conclusion."-NPR.org

"A short story writer of exhilarating wit and empathy, Nelson returns to the novel after a decade with heightened authority. Tightly coiled, edgy, and funny...[A] sleekly powerful turbine of a novel." -Booklist (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596915756
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.94(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Antonya Nelson is the author of eight books of fiction, including Female Trouble and the novels Talking in Bed, Nobody's Girl, and Living to Tell. Nelson's work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, Redbook, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and The Best American Short Stories. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Grant, and, recently, the Rea Award for Short Fiction. She is married to writer Robert Boswell and lives in New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas, where she holds the Cullen Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

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Bound 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a waste of my valuable time! Hard to follow and I most of the time I didn't care to follow because the characters brought out no feeling in me.
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
This book was very highly recommended to me. I'm always looking for a story that grabs me by the throat and won't let go, so was looking forward to reading this "guaranteed awesome" book! My verdict? Not bad, but not awesome either. The story followed several different characters and, as I read the majority of it during my lunch hour, it was a little confusing at times to keep track of everyone. Would have probably been easier if I'd read it straight through, but who has time to do that nowadays? Catherine and Oliver are a married couple, and I think they're supposed to be the main characters. There's also Catherine's mother, Catherine's childhood friend and her daughter, Oliver's children and ex-wives, Oliver's mistress, and another woman who I didn't figure out how she fit into the mix until the end of the book. All in all, a little confusing. The book starts off with Catherine's childhood friend dying in a car accident, and the ripple effects from the accident are felt by all of the other characters. Can't say that I really cared for any of the characters, as they were all a little unlikable. Not unlikable like evil bad guys, just unlikable as in flawed and/or weak. I think I liked the orphaned teenager Cattie the most, as she seemed the only one to have a backbone and any character. Gave this one a 3/5 as it was okay, just wasn't for me. Nelson is a talented writer and I had no complaints about the story structure or pacing or anything, I just didn't care for the characters or the plot. Think someone else might enjoy this more than I did.
bmamca36 More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For me, Bound is a profoundly worthwhile and uncomfortable book.  I was caught from the beginning, with the unique description of the crash, with the dog as our entry point. I was annoyed by the mother-daughter relationship described at the beginning, but, sticking it out, I was rewarded by more and more layers of love and connection revealed. The female characters seemed one-dimensional to me at the beginning, but, as their relationships with one another were more fully explored, and they were able to be more honest with each other and themselves, they came to life and even formed a sort of mirror to me. Not a comfortable mirror, but an important one, nevertheless. One editorial review complained that the various plays on the theme of binding and bonds "grows a little precious." I found that criticism catty and unfair. I don't recall any precious, overt, cutesy, or obvious play made upon that theme. The connections are for the reader to make, or not make. 
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Was really looking forward to reading this book but was very disappointed. It was very hard to follow. It went on and on without saying anything. Characters were confusing.
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I could not wait to read this book. I made free time and a cup of tea and was ready for an evening of great reading. After 75 pages I was exhausted and still trying to figure out what the heck the author was trying to say. Every sentence goes on and on and says nothing. This is the first time I can say I have given up on a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended in a magazine article. Sounded interesting, so I struggled for 2 weeks to read the thing (I'm usually a speey reader). I kept waiting for it to get better. I could not have cared less about the shallow characters. There was very little plot, and quite a few BIG plot points were left unresolved. The feel of the book was just very pretentious. No thanks.