Life Sentences (Paperback) - Lippman, Laura

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Publisher Harperluxe
Mfg Part# 9780061719929
SKU 208466060
Format Paperback Large Print
ISBN10 0061719927
Release Date 4/1/2009
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1.5T
Praise
"This stunning stand-alone from bestseller Lippman examines the extraordinary power and fragility of memories....[and] becomes a rich, complex journey from self-deception to self-discovery." (starred review)
"As the story unfolds, the novel's great strength lies in its characters, particularly Cassandra....[LIFE SENTENCES] is a strong and vivid story, one that will intrigue many readers -- especially, I suspect, women who find echoes of their own lives and friendships in this drama."
"Laura Lippman's engrossing 14th novel...LIFE SENTENCES is a stunning look at contemporary relationships filtered through the prism of memories, racism, economics and jealousy."
"Not until the end of LIFE SENTENCES...will the reader grasp how fully Ms. Lippman has shaped and controlled this narrative."
"LIFE SENTENCES is a richly crafted story of the fragility of memory and a powerful journey to self-discovery. It's easily one of the year's best books...."
From the Publisher
Annotation In this breakthrough novel by Laura Lippman, Cassandra Fellows is a (white) bestselling author who has enthralled readers with her eloquent, honest memoirs about growing up in Baltimore among a circle of black friends. For her next project, she decides to tell the story of one of her former friends, Calliope Jenkins, who is currently in prison for killing her baby boy seven years earlier. But when Cassandra returns home to begin her research, the reunion with her former circle of friends is not as pleasant as she had expected, as the version of their history that she popularized in her books is quite a bit different from their own recollections. Cassandra's investigation into Calliope's tragic story causes her to question the memories she forged, leading her to a powerful, personal confrontation with the nature of truth and identity. Lippman, who has written genre-based mystery novels until now, branches off beautifully in this harrowing story that reveals the invisible, divisive gulf that race can create between us.
Editors Note The New York Times best-selling author of Another Thing to Fall and What the Dead Know raises difficult and illuminating questions about the nature of memory and truth, in a stand-alone novel of twisting suspense. (mystery & detective).
Editors Note 2 The New York Times best-selling author of Another Thing to Fall and What the Dead Know raises difficult and illuminating questions about the nature of memory and truth, in a stand-alone novel of twisting suspense. (mystery & detective).
Editors Note 3 Author Cassandra Fallows has achieved great success with her memoirs, but her latest venture involving a still-unsolved mystery in her hometown unearth's old wounds and sorrow as Cassandra finds herself alienated by former friends with conflicting versions of the events.
Editors Note 4 Author Cassandra Fallows has achieved remarkable success by baring her life on the page. Her two widely popular memoirs continue to sell briskly, acclaimed for their brutal, unexpurgated candor about friends, family, lovers?and herself. But now, after a singularly unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes she may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to nonfiction. When Cassandra was a girl, growing up in a racially diverse middle-class neighborhood in Baltimore, her best friends were all black: elegant, privileged Donna; sharp, shrewd Tisha; wild and worldly Fatima. A fifth girl orbited their world?a shy, quiet, unobtrusive child named Calliope Jenkins?who, years later, would be accused of killing her infant son. Yet the boy's body was never found and Calliope's unrelenting silence on the subject forced a judge to jail her for contempt. For seven years, Calliope refused to speak and the court was finally forced to let her go. Cassandra believes this still unsolved real-life mystery, largely unknown outside Baltimore, could be her next bestseller. But her homecoming and latest journey into the past will not be welcomed by everyone, especially by her former friends, who are unimpressed with Cassandra's success?and are insistent on their own version of their shared history. And by delving too deeply into Calliope's dark secrets, Cassandra may inadvertently unearth a few of her own?forcing her to reexamine the memories she holds most precious, as the stark light of truth illuminates a mother's pain, a father's betrayal . . . and what really transpired on a terrible day that changed not only a family but an entire country.
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Book Format Large Print Paperback
Number of Pages 0487
Publisher Harperluxe
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