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Strange Piece of Paradise: A Return to the American West To Investigate My Attempted Murder - and Solve the Riddle of Myself Paperback – Illustrated, March 20 2007

4.4 out of 5 stars 118 ratings

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“Imagine that it had been Truman Capote himself who'd been savaged in Holcomb, Kansas, and that he had survived to describe his ordeal. That is the level of command and sinew at work in [Terri Jentz's] writing.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“Powerful . . . [Jentz] moves with great skill back and forth between the year of the attack and the years of her investigation.” ―
Los Angeles Times Book Review

Strange Piece of Paradise is a breathtaking memoir that deserves enshrinement on the essential books about the American West, worthy of a place beside Norman Mailer's classic account, The Executioner's Song.” ―Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“[Jentz's] well-crafted story of trying to make sense of lunacy is unforgettable.” ―

“Jentz excels in capturing the aftermath of the attack. . . . [She] is a savvy, big-hearted narrator who refuses to rush to judgment. . . . A singular, breathtaking document of devastation, survival, and hard-won hope.” ―

“In her spellbinding, heartbreaking tale of one random act of carnage, Jentz shows how evil sometimes doesn't have a face but leaves scars both physical and emotional.” ―
USA Today

“This book, a haunting meditation on the attack and Jentz's hunt for her would-be murderer, is like nothing I have ever read. . . . [
Strange Piece of Paradise] packs the power of a story that has simmered for twenty years. Jentz's intelligence and felicity with language amp up that power; her detective work delivers real thrills. . . . Gratifying.” ―The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“The pacing and subject matter will keep readers mesmerized throughout. . . . An extraordinary story from a gifted writer.” ―
Library Journal

Strange Piece of Paradise] will do more than just captivate us--it will also politicize us, change us, and move us to action.” ―Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Terri Jentz is a screenwriter and lives in Los Angeles. Strange Piece of Paradise is her first book.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador; 1st edition (March 20 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 752 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0312426690
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312426699
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 885 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.89 x 3.33 x 20.75 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 118 ratings

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