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Living comfortably in Paris with his French lover, Claire, Paul believes he has left his past behind. But when the phone rings in the middle of the night, and a voice he hasn't heard in years tells him his mother is dying and begs him to come home, the nightmares begin. Reluctantly Paul returns for the funeral to the small town and the isolated lodge in northern Minnesota ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Beaver's Pond Press
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Victoria Tirrel
Jul 24, 2009 Victoria Tirrel rated it it was amazing
You don't have to live in Minnesota or have visited one of its many north woods lodges to know how perfectly the author knows not just the people but the landscape. Written in finely crafted prose, Whiteout is the story of a family, a secret, and the lengths people will go to so that innocents can stay that way.

Paul Bauer grew up at his family's fishing lodge, the youngest of three children being raised by a sometimes unstable mother. He hardly knew his father, who died in a blizzard when Paul w
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William Burleson
Nov 23, 2014 William Burleson rated it it was amazing
Whiteout surprised me.
Going in, I expected something of a who-done-it, a pot-boiler perhaps. But what I got was a thoughtful reflection on family and who is and who isn’t, on place and what does our home of origin mean and can we ever really leave.
The setting is mostly in northern Minnesota at a resort that has seen better days. Paul Bauer has been living in France for years, estranged from his family and his mother. When she dies, he reluctantly returns home to see the dysfunction he had fled
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Sarah Cartwright
I don't currently read a lot of fiction to be honest. This book sort of fell into my hands. The author was at a local bookstore with a little table set up, with copies of his book on it, it was near Christmas and I was Christmas shopping. The author and I got to talking. His book had been rejected by major publishers, etc. The cover and title intrigued me as I am a winter type person, as did the setting... as I had always envisioned myself running a north woods resort in retirement. I ended up ...more
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May 27, 2011 Laura (booksnob) rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature, 2011
Paul returns home to Minnesota after his mother dies. He has always felt disconnected from his family and has recurring bad dreams. His father died in a Whiteout when Paul was three. When Paul finds out that his family was once very happy, he sets out on a personal quest to find out the truth about the parents he never really knew. What he finds buried deep in the past will haunt you.

Paul finds the love letters between his parents before they were married and reading them is voyeuristic. I think
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Mickie
Oct 09, 2009 Mickie rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Whiteout. A great book like this can transport you back to your childhood where it was once easy to be swept away by a story without all of the fears and distractions. Brian's book did this for me despite the fact that I have reached adulthood and am easily distracted by almost anything, especially competing media.
Krissy
Jan 27, 2010 Krissy rated it liked it
Read this for a bookclub. It took a while to get started, and then things got really weird...That's all I'll say.
Crystal
Jul 19, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Great descriptions and I always love a story with a secret or unforeseen twist. I tried to predict the twist while I was reading and couldn't figure it out.
Maggie
Nov 23, 2013 Maggie rated it did not like it
Awful. Terrible. Soooo poorly written, and then the last 10% is just too filthy and disgusting for words. Had to read it for book club, otherwise would have used it for firewood much earlier.
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Brian Duren has a doctorate in French Literature from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. in French and a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. He has taught at the Universities of Texas, Tulsa, Iowa, and Minnesota, and at Gustavus Adolphus and Augsburg College. He has three sons and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. "
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