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Man in the Woods
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Man in the Woods
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The acclaimed author of Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper delivers a gripping and provocative psycholgical thriller of morality and manhood, choice and fate. Paul has been on his own since he was a teenager. Once he thought his life would have no particular rhyme nor reason, touched only by transient strangers. Then he met the beautiful, intelligent, loving Kate and her daughter, Ruby, who offered order and stability. But Paul is a man of deep convictions, and the compromises we all make to get along in the world elude him. With the psychologically acuity and razor-sharp prose for which he has been celebrated, award-winning, bestselling novelist Scott Spencer once again takes us on an unforgettable journey of manhood lost and found.

The acclaimed author of Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper delivers a gripping and provocative psycholgical thriller of morality and manhood, choice and fate. Paul has been on his own since he was a teenager. Once he thought his life would have no particular rhyme nor reason, touched only by transient strangers. Then he met the beautiful, intelligent, loving Kate and her daughter, Ruby, who offered order and stability. But Paul is a man of deep convictions, and the compromises we all make to get along in the world elude him. With the psychologically acuity and razor-sharp prose for which he has been celebrated, award-winning, bestselling novelist Scott Spencer once again takes us on an unforgettable journey of manhood lost and found.

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  • Scott Spencer was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Chicago, and now lives in upstate New York. He is the author of nine novels, including Endless Love, Waking the Dead, A Ship Made of Paper, and Willing. He has taught at the University of Iowa, Williams College, and Columbia University. His nonfiction has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, O, Harper's, and The New York Times.

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    Starred review from July 5, 2010
    Spencer, a deft explorer of obsessive love and violence, confronts the consequences of doing wrong for all the right reasons in his exquisite latest. Paul Phillips, a master carpenter, is living in bucolic upstate New York with Kate Ellis, the woman Spencer first introduced, along with her beguiling daughter, Ruby, in A Ship Made of Paper. But Paul's life begins to implode after a chance encounter results in an irrevocable act that no one witnesses, save a mixed-breed dog he renames Shep. Paul suffers the burden of his terrible secret: the fear of discovery and punishment and the equally disturbing fear of getting away with his crime. The incident and its fallout color his just-about-perfect life with lover Kate, now a recovered alcoholic turned famous inspirational writer, and particularly affects nine-year-old Ruby. As always, Spencer creates complex and genuine characters, the most marvelous character being Shep, the hapless rescue dog who endures abuse and becomes Ruby's pet. Spencer portrays the dog's life minus the sentimentality and anthropomorphism forced upon animals in fiction, and ingeniously uses Shep in this compelling story's dénouement—which underscores how even the most loving relationship might not be able to redeem a deadly act.

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