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Border Crossing

Border Crossing

A Novel

Pat Barker

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Set in the north of England, Pat Barker's Border Crossing portrays a child psychiatrist who rescues a man from drowning one day while walking on a beach in Northumberland. Uncannily, he recognizes the man; it's Danny Miller, a child murderer at whose trial he once gave evidence. Since the trial, he has reconsidered that evidence and found it lacking. Now he confronts the man whose altered fate may be his responsibility.

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Border Crossing

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They were walking along the river path, away from the city, and as far as they knew they were alone.
They'd woken that morning to a curious stillness. Clouds sagged over the river, and there was mist...

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Praise for Border Crossing

"It's her canny feel for the psyche's ambiguous meanderings, more than plot twists, that generates most of the thrills....This author creates an atmosphere of menace worthy of a Joyce Carol Oates."—Dan Cryer, Newsday

"Barker soars to new heights with this harrowing, contemporary study of fate tainted by the stench of evil."—Robert Allen Papinchak, USA Today

"Barker creates a sense of menace worth of Ian McEwan...Border Crossing is replete with sharp, expressive exchanges, hard poetry, and as many enigmas as implacable truths."—Kerry Field, The Atlantic Monthly

"Barker writes with compelling urgency—Border Crossing is to be read in one sitting."—Joan Mellen, The Baltimore Sun

"Exhilarating moral exploration, and prose as naked and jolting as an unwrapped live wire."—Richard Eder, The New York Times Book Review

"Pat barker understands the dynamics of psychic and shutdown as well as any writer living....In Border Crossing Barker brings post-traumatic stress disorder from the literal to the domestic battlefield."—Sven Birkerts, Esquire

"Barker has constructed in Danny a classic borderline personality disorder; the result is both chilling and psychologically persuavsive...as frightening as it is wise."—Gail Caldwell, The Boston Sunday Globe

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About the author

Pat Barker

PAT BARKER is the author of the novels Toby’s Room and Life Class, as well as the highly acclaimed Regeneration Trilogy: Regeneration; The Eye in the Door, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize; and The Ghost Road, winner of the Booker Prize; as well as seven other novels. She lives in the north of England.

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