The Time In Between

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Dec 18, 2007 | 256 Pages

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  • Ebook $6.99

    Dec 18, 2007 | 256 Pages

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“Luminous. . . . In this meditation on the aftereffects of violence and failed human connection, Bergen’s austere prose illustrates the arbitrary nature of life’s defining moments.”
Publishers Weekly

“A beautifully composed, unflinching and harrowing story. Perhaps the best fiction yet to confront and comprehend the legacy of Vietnam.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“[Bergen] preserves the exquisiteness of the Vietnamese culture, lending a unique beauty to the story. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal

“Bergen’s best writing evokes the absence of what has been lost and, even more terribly, what is not there to be found.”
Globe and Mail

“With his thoughtful dialogue, Bergen makes the characters’ heartache seep off the page.”

“David Bergen is a master of taut, spare prose that’s both erotic and hypnotic. Set mostly in modern-day Viet Nam, The Time In-Between is a deeply moving meditation on love and loss, truth and its elusiveness, and a compelling portrait of a haunted man, Charles Boatman, and his daughter who seeks to solve the mystery of his disappearance.”
–Miriam Toews, author of A Complicated Kindness

“David Bergen’s The Time In-Between is about how children inherit their parents’ ghosts and the elusive nature of grace. It also makes a stunning connection between the wars that are fought out in the world, and the ones that cleave families in private. Ravishingly told and deeply felt, it’s a huge accomplishment.”
–Michael Redhill, author of Martin Sloane

The Time In-Between is a spare, suspenseful meditation on the long reach of war – to the places where it is fought, the people who fight it, and the people who love those people. In portraying the lingering devastation left in one soldier’s life by a war he fought a generation ago, Bergen’s novel could not be timelier or more chilling.”
–Jennifer Egan, author of Look at Me

“In this elegant novel, David Bergen weaves a precise and resonant prose through the connected histories of people touched by love, death and war. A lovely, sad, and ultimately redeeming work of fiction.”
–Brady Udall, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint

“Intelligent, humane, deep in its sympathetic understanding, David Bergen’s novel explores the haunted life of the Boatman family in the late aftermath of the Vietnam War. There is in this novel not a single sentimental or euphemistic line; and because the writing is honest, the characters are real, and their struggle as a family has the ring of truth.”
–Donald Pfarrer, The Fearless Man: a Novel of Vietnam

“Beautiful and timely…A sparse and moving meditation on the burden of war across generations.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Exquisite…With simple sentences, evocative images and subtle insights into elusive emotional states, the words don’t merely tell a story; they become poetry.”
The Baltimore Sun

“This is a book of searching….Part war story…part expatriate novel, too, as if A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises had been rolled into one.”
Chicago Tribune

“Brilliant…a literary triumph…As Kurt Vonnegut’s memorable “Slaughterhouse-Five” did so brilliantly with the impact of World War II, Bergen’s book lives and breathes the Vietnam experience.”
Deseret Morning News (Best Books of 2005)

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Intense…haunting…a profound meditation on human disconnection.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Sunday Oklahoman

“Bergen is a master of understatement.…[his] elegantly crafted denouement is devastating and powerful, a testament to a writer who senses that some things–passion, violence–can be understood only by traveling outside one’s comfort zone and traversing the far edges of reason.”
San Diego Union-Tribune

“Affecting…delicate…At the end of this lovely novel, it is Ada and her siblings who are left searching, and the reader along with them.”
The Wall Street Journal

“The Vietnam War has been the inspiration for scores of novels, but Bergen’s fifth book is one of the most moving we’ve encountered.”
Sacramento Bee

“A beautifully crafted meditation on the frustrating search for emotional clarity….[This] simmering novel will mesmerize readers with the intensity of its vision.”

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