In the Lake of the Woods

If you thought you knew "Tim O'Brien" after reading his last novel, now he tells you that it could all be illusion. The hero of this 1994 novel, John Wade, thinks he has erased his presence at the My Lai massacre. It isn't part of the stories he tells his wife or a part of his senate campaign. When the truth comes out, his wife finds out she doesn't know the man she married.

"ITL" received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named best novel of the year by Time magazine. It is one of O'Brien's more popular books and found a different audience.

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Review by Pico Iyer

Adapted as a television movie that dares not speak the name My Lai

Updated August 17, 2010