From the author ofA Widow for One Year,A Prayer for Owen Meanyand other acclaimed novels, comes a story of a father and a son -- fugitives in 20th-century North America. In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, a twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, pursued by the 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 world "where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course." From the novel's taut opening sentence -- "The young Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too long." -- to its elegiac final chapter, what distinguishesLast Night in Twisted River is the author's unmistakable voice, the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller. From the Hardcover edition.