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O'Brien Bibliography 

July, July 2002

Terrifically rich in story, full of unforgettable characters, July, July is the definitive novel of the baby boom generation, the men and women whose lives were molded and defined by the 1960s. Set at the 30th high school reunion of Minnesota's Darton Hall College class of 1969, it provides a portrait of those launched into adulthood at the moment when this country, too, lost its innocence. 

Tomcat in Love 1998

Brilliant, inventive, and wildly funny, this new novel by the award-winning author of Going After Cacciato, In the Lake of the Woods, and The Nuclear Age tells the story of a man torn between two obsessions: the desperate need to win back his former wife and a craving to test his erotic charms on every woman he meets. 

In the Lake of the Woods 1994

A masterly new novel by the National Book Award-winning author of Going After Cacciato. What happens when the secret you've hidden from everyone, even yourself, breaks out? This question lies at the center of O'Brien's brilliant new novel about a rising politician whose wife's disappearance forces his secret out in the open.

The Things They Carried 1990

Since its first publication in 1979, The Things They Carried has become an unparalleled testament to the men who served in Vietnam--a classic work that illuminates the capacity, and the limits, of the human heart and soul.

Nuclear Age 1985

At the age of 49, after a lifetime of insomnia and midnight peril, William Cowling believes the hour has come for him to seize control. So, he begins to dig a hole in his backyard--a shelter against impending doom--much to the chagrin of his family. Ultimately, he finds he must make a choice: safety or sanity; love or fidelity to the truth. Darkly comic, poignant, and provocative, this visionary novel by the author of In the Lake of the Woods captures the essence of what it's like to be a conscious human being in the nuclear age.

Going After Cacciato 1978

In the jungles of Indochina, Private Cacciato decides to lay down his rifle and embark on a quixotic walk to Paris, leaving in his wake a trail of M&M candies and a platoon intent on bringing him back to the war--and to reality.

Northern Lights 1975

In O'Brien's dynamic first novel, a Vietnam vet and his brother vie for the same gal, a native of their dwindling Minnesota hometown. Culminating in a disastrous road trip which ends with the men skiing home through the wilderness, Northern Lights spawned themes that would become the author's hallmarks for future works.

If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home 1973

O'Brien's searing memoir of his years as a soldier in Vietnam takes readers with him through the ghostly ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war gone terribly wrong.

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