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In the Lake of the Woods
by O'Brien, Tim
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1. What do you think happened to Kathy? Why do you think O'Brien left her disappearance unsolved?
2. Why do you think John became a politician? Do you think he was trying to make up for his actions in Vietnam?
3. Do you think Kathy knew John's secrets?
4. John's experiences in Vietnam have a profound effect on his life back in the United States. Do you think his experience is typical of returning veterans?
5. "In the Lake of the Woods" combines the fictional story written by O'Brien with real testimony of figures involved in the Vietnam War and other events. What did you think about this combination of 'fact' and 'fiction'?
6. Much of this story is set near Lake of the Woods, in Minnesota. Did the local setting make the book any different for you?
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