Friday, August 7, 2009
120 - Life Sentences; Laura Lippman
In Life Sentences, by Laura Lippman, Cassandra Fallows is a writer of two successful memoirs. In one memoir she blames her father for her problems, and in the other, she points fingers at her lovers and husbands.
After her third book is a bomb, she decides to write fiction. Her idea is part inspiration, and part true story, and it takes Cassandra back to her grade school days, growing up in racially charged Baltimore. A former grade school classmate Calliope Jenkins was accused of murdering her infant son. Instead of answering questions about the incident, she chose to remain silent, and spent seven years in prison as a result.
Cassandra tries to reconnect with three former grade school classmates to compare notes on what each person recalls about Calliope Jenkins. Cassandra is surprised when her former friends do not welcome her with open arms, but instead show resentment, and begin questioning her about how she had portrayed them in her earlier memoir.
Cassandra learns that not only can memory be deceiving, but one person's version of events can totally contradict someone else. In the process, Cassandra must reexamine her own past and her own memories.
This review is based on the audio book (unabridged) which was read by Linda Emond. The reader was great, but the story seemed too bogged down in details, and a little short on mystery. A good enough story, but not a great one.
RATING - 3/5; COMPLETED - 8/7/09; Library Book