Border Crossing: A Novel (Paperback)
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Out walking with his wife, Lauren, beside the river Tyne, Tom Seymour instinctively risks his life to save a young man who they happen to notice just before he jumps into the icy current. Tom's spontaneous act saves the life of someone whose past, as well as his future, he feels a sense of responsibility towards. Recently released from prison, and living under an assumed name, Danny Miller was tried for murder as a ten-year-old on the basis of Tom's testimony, and assessment of him as a psychologist and an expert witness. When Danny asks Tom to help him sort out his life—beginning with his past—Tom is drawn into a lonely, soul-searching reinvestigation of the child murderer's case, in Pat Barker's Border Crossing.
About the Author
Pat Barker's novels include Another World, Border Crossing and Noonday. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed Regeneration Trilogy, comprising Regeneration, which has been made into a film starring Jonathan Pryce and James Wilby, The Eye in the Door, winner of the 1993 Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost Road, winner of the 1996 Booker Prize. She lives in England.
"It's her canny feel for the psyche's ambiguous meanderings, more than plot twists, that generates most of the thrills....This author creates an atmosphere of menace worthy of a Joyce Carol Oates."—Dan Cryer, Newsday
"Barker soars to new heights with this harrowing, contemporary study of fate tainted by the stench of evil."—Robert Allen Papinchak, USA Today
"Barker creates a sense of menace worth of Ian McEwan...Border Crossing is replete with sharp, expressive exchanges, hard poetry, and as many enigmas as implacable truths."—Kerry Field, The Atlantic Monthly
"Barker writes with compelling urgency—Border Crossing is to be read in one sitting."—Joan Mellen, The Baltimore Sun
"Exhilarating moral exploration, and prose as naked and jolting as an unwrapped live wire."—Richard Eder, The New York Times Book Review
"Pat barker understands the dynamics of psychic and shutdown as well as any writer living....In Border Crossing Barker brings post-traumatic stress disorder from the literal to the domestic battlefield."—Sven Birkerts, Esquire
"Barker has constructed in Danny a classic borderline personality disorder; the result is both chilling and psychologically persuasive...as frightening as it is wise."—Gail Caldwell, The Boston Sunday Globe