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A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
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Feb 22, 2012

really liked it


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Timothy Smith Hello J.J. Brown,
A Bend in the River has always been one of my favorite books and I see that you gave it a high rating as well. It’s a book that I often thought about as I wrote my own novel, Cooper’s Promise, which I think you might enjoy.



Also set in Africa, Cooper’s Promise plays out against the background of the continent’s chronic civil wars as opposed to Naipaul’s post-independence chaos. It’s a more contemporary book and touches on topics of human trafficking and blood diamonds. My writing is sparer than Naipaul’s but I aim for the same rich visual texture and sense of place—which is one of the things that stands out for me in A Bend in the River.



Cooper's Promise tells the story of a soldier who vows to save a young girl who's been trafficked in order to redeem himself for another promise he couldn’t keep. It's exciting, fast-paced, and literary at the same time. It was twice shortlisted for the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, and the screenplay adaptation has won five grand prizes and first places in addition to distinctions for Best Original Drama and Best Male Lead.



Here’s a link to the Nook version: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/coope...



Here’s a link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1462084087/r...



You will find a synopsis on either site.



Thanks, and keep on reading -- it gives us writers hope.



Tim


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