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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

Terri Jentz

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.

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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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Margaret Colin

Length:

8h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

00:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:21


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:32


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:42


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:46


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:38


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:30


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:36


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

00:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:43


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:25


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:28


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:37


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:08


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:00


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:18


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:40


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:25


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

00:11


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:11


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:31


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:42


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:27


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:25


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:42


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:27


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:38


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:57


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:44


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:18


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:19


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:14


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

00:11


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:06


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:43


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:40


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:59


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:04


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:27


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:18


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:57


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:21


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:30


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:12


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:30


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

00:11