A tragic accident: One woman is left dead after she and another woman, both running away from their marriages, collide in the fog on a highway. The survivor, Isabelle, is left to pick up the pieces, not only of her own life but of the lives of the devastated husband and fragile son that the other woman, April, has left behind.
Together, they try to solve the mystery of where April was running to, and why. As these three lives intersect, they are left to ask, How well do we really know those we love - and how do we forgive the unforgivable?
©2010 Original material © 2010 Caroline Leavitt. Recorded by arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2010 HighBridge Company
“A magically written, heartbreakingly honest snapshot of the people we leave behind and those we can’t let go.... Caroline Leavitt is one of those fabulous, incisive writers you read and then ask yourself, 'Where has she been all my life?'” (Jodi Picoult)
"Caroline Leavitt is a splendid writer at the peak of her powers." (Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner)
An emotionally immature woman is in anguish over her marriage and her son's illness. A man is in anguish when his wife dies in a terrible car accident on a day she appears to be leaving him. Another woman is in anguish over infertility and her two-timing husband. Everyone is in anguish! Everyone blames themselves for causing the accident and the boy's illness. Everyone is stuck in anguish for the majority of the book. When one of the characters finally does move on, viola!-- she finds true love. I found this book tedious and sophomoric.
I chose this book based on a glowing review from Jodi Picoult, whom I am a big fan of. Unlike Picoult, this author did not have the gift of developing believable characters whose perspectives were insightful.
Not the genre, but I would not read another book by this author.
I didn't so much dislike the narrator's reading, as find that she did not add any authenticity to the different characters and her portrayal made some of them feel even less likable than a different portrayal might have made them seem.
There was good subject matter that in more capable author's hands could have been very interesting...
Not worth the credit
I quit listening about half way through when a 4th grade boy popped in a pornographic DVD, called it "f-ing" (minus the hyphen) and we get a description of Red Hot Enterprises in the laundromat. Maybe it has a good ending, maybe it is a good character study, maybe it will be heart-rending, maybe someone else might not mind hearing so many f-words and profane uses of the Lord's name. Too many writers of modern fiction don't think they can tell a realistic story without foul language and descriptions of sex, but if you would rather not hear it then this one isn't for you. If you want to read other points of view, a few Amazon readers raved about the book. (I wish I had discounted the opinions of the author's students however.) No complaints about the reader.
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