The Time In Between (2005) The characters in David Bergen's mopey novel, The Time In Between , winner of Canada's Giller Prize, all suffer from obscure, hard-to-articulate emotional ailments. Beautiful,… 2005-12-06 Fiction Random House
Book Review

The Time In Between (2005)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Dec 06, 2005; Writer: David Bergen; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Random House

The characters in David Bergen's mopey novel, The Time In Between, winner of Canada's Giller Prize, all suffer from obscure, hard-to-articulate emotional ailments. Beautiful, anxious Ada Boatman has come to Vietnam to find her father, Charles, a U.S. Army veteran, who recently disappeared here while on vacation. Bergen crosscuts between Charles' traumatizing experiences as a young GI, his ill-advised middle-aged trip down memory lane, and Ada's attempts to retrace his steps. Both father and daughter brood, make hesitant feints at romance with similarly distraught souls, and say things like ''I don't know that I am any sadder than other people'' — utterances that would be more affecting if Bergen let us feel his characters' pain, not just hear about it.

Originally posted Dec 02, 2005 Published in issue #853 Dec 09, 2005 Order article reprints