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Life Sentences: A Novel by Laura Lippman
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Life Sentences: A Novel (edition 2009)

by Laura Lippman (Author)

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A writer discovers the truth about her past in this haunting and multi-layered thriller.
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Title:Life Sentences: A Novel
Authors:Laura Lippman (Author)
Info:William Morrow (2009), 344 pages
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Life Sentences is one of a Laura Lippmans lessor efforts. The book within a mystery works fine but the convoluted resolution seems contrived. A woman accused of murdering her missing never found child never confesses and sits in jail for seven years. That’s the basic mystery in a nutshell. What really happened? The characters impacted by this decision. Lippman’s writing never fails us. She wouldn’t know how to write in an uninteresting method. ( )
  GordonPrescottWiener | Aug 24, 2023 |
I had read several favorable reviews in national publications and thought this would be one I couldn't put down. As it turns out, I could, I thought the book was pretty average in terms of plot and writing. The main character is looking back at her childhood through much of the book and I found her ability to remember so many events and conversations from childhood unlikely. It's not a bad read but not one I would recommend to people who have lots in their TBR stack. ( )
  clue | Oct 6, 2022 |
mistery
  hackedkiara | Oct 17, 2021 |
Often times, the writeups on the book jackets and the reviews are better than the actual story. ( )
  RobertaLea | Aug 9, 2019 |
This is the story of Cassandra Fallows who is writer. This was the first book I had read by this author and was pleasantly surprised by how good the book was. Ms. Fallows is the product of a broken home and her first two books are memoirs of her life. She returns to her hometown of Baltimore to investigate the death of a former classmates child that happened seven years ago. What she discovers while investigating the death of the child is truly revealing. The book was well written with good character development. Enjoyed the book so much will definitely be looking for more by this author. Highly recommend this book. ( )
  CrystalToller | Mar 5, 2019 |
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I detest the man that hides one thing in the depths of his heart, and speaks for another. ~The Iliad
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In loving memory of James Crumley, 1939-2008. Take my word. It was fun.
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"Well, " the bookstore manager said, "it is Valentine's Day."
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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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