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Generational. Challenging convention.
Lauren invites her college roommate home with her. Clarissa is thrilled to experience the wealthy lifestyle for a weekend. It sets up other parts of the story for Lauren to grapple with how she perceives people and the assumptions she makes. Is she any different that those who judged Mercy?
I loved the main character, Lauren, from the start but I also really appreciated how she portrayed Raquel.
Abigail Boyles is a dignified older woman who is wrestling with her past. In many ways, her story is in the background until the end. Once it is uncovered it deeply impacted me and speaks to the nature of the quality of mercy for others and, even more so, for ourselves.
The Shape of Mercy shines a different light on the Salem Witch Trials while wresting with the facades and misconceptions of modern lives.
I could not put this down. Very surprising because I did not like the protagonist at all. Some of the voices of certain characters were not particularly good, but this was only a slight distraction from the story.
Haunting and unforgettable. A revelation of human tendencies and weaknesses through various lives and several generations. And ultimately of forgiveness and self-sacrificial love.
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