Strange Piece of Paradise

Terri Jentz; read by Margaret Colin

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In the summer of 1977, Terri Jentz and her Yale roommate, Shayna Weiss, make a cross-country bike trip. They pitch a tent in the desert of central Oregon. As they are sleeping, a man in a pickup truck deliberately runs over the tent. He then attacks them with an ax. The horrific crime is reported in newspapers across the country. No one is ever arrested. Both women survive, but Shayna suffers from amnesia, while Terri is left alone with memories of the attack. Their friendship is shattered.

Fifteen years later, Terri returns to the small town where she was nearly murdered, on the first of many visits she will make “to solve the crime that would solve me.” And she makes an extraordinary discovery: the violence of that night is as present for the community as it is for her. Slowly, her extensive interviews with the townspeople yield a terrifying revelation: many say they know who did it, and he is living freely in their midst. Terri then sets out to discover the truth about the crime and its aftermath, and to come to terms with the wounds that broke her life into a before and an after. Ultimately she finds herself face-to-face with the alleged axman.

Powerful, eloquent, and paced like the most riveting of thrillers, Strange Piece of Paradise is the electrifying account of Terri’s investigation into the mystery of her near murder. A startling profile of a psychopath, a sweeping reflection on violence and the myth of American individualism, and a moving record of a brave inner journey from violence to hope, this searing, unforgettable work is certain to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

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Terri Jentz tells of her search for justice after being brutally attacked while camping.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Terri Jentz's memoir Strange Piece of Paradise. 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.

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Terri Jentz; read by Margaret Colin

Terri Jentz is a screenwriter and lives in Los Angeles. This is her first book.

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Strange Piece of Paradise
Terri Jentz; read by Margaret Colin

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Abridged Digital Audio

Abridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
May 2006
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427200105
ISBN10: 1427200106
Audio Run Time: 9:00
$14.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
March 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312426699
ISBN10: 0312426690
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 752 pages, Includes 17 b&w illustrations throughout
$22.00

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429988070
ISBN10: 142998807X
560 pages, 17 Black-and-White Illustrations
$7.99
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