National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
Edgar Award for True Crime Finalist
A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year
A Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction Book of 2006
A Kansas City Star Noteworthy of the Year
A Seattle Post-Intelligencer Best Book of the Year
An Oregonian Top 10 Northwest Book of the Year In the summer of 1977, Terri Jentz and her Yale roommate took a cross-country bike trip. As they lay sleeping in the central Oregon desert, a man in a pickup truck deliberately ran over their tent and proceeded to attack them with an axe. The horrific crime was reported in newspapers across the country, but no one was ever arrested. Fifteen years later, Jentz returns to the small town where she was nearly murdered and makes an extraordinary discovery: the violence of that night is as present for the community as it is for her. Shockingly, many say they know who did it, and he is living freely in their midst.
Powerful, eloquent, and paced like the most riveting of thrillers, Strange Piece of Paradise is a startling profile of a psychopath, a sweeping reflection on violence and the myth of American individualism, and a moving record of Jentz's brave inner journey from violence to hope.