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Forgive Me

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From the acclaimed author of How to Be Lost comes a gorgeous new novel about love memory and motherhoodNadine Morgan travels the world as a journalist covering important events following dangerous leads and running from anything that might tie her down Since an assignment in Cape Town ended in tragedy and regret Nadine has not returned to South Africa or opened her heart–until she hears the story of Jason Irving Jason an American student was beaten to death by angry local youths at the height of the apartheid era Years later his mother This is the story of a woman reporter who rushes to any country where there is a calamity In apartheid era South Africa she learned to write about the story behind the immediate problem Reporter Nadine Morgan yes her mother named her after Nadine Gordimer so it seems as if South Africa was her destiny grows up in the gentle small town of Woods Hole Cape Cod A friend of mine moved there because it seemed to be an ideal place to raise children But to Nadine it feels stifling and she can't wait to get out The international reporters and photographers in the book live for an adrenalin rush and a front page story or photo I've recently seen so many stories and plays knocking them for that that I want to say how vital their work is Nadine's methods of getting news are not always entirely ethical and I wonder whether that is typical or an exaggeration One time when she deserts a person she loves because she wants a big story I found her desertion unbelievable It's also a little hard to believe that she doesn't take seriously being beaten almost to death by a Mexican drug gang But the story about South Africa is interesting and so is the story in Woods Hole There's a subplot about a boy in Woods Hole that I didn't cotton to In the uestion and answer at end of my version of the book the author says the plot about the boy is the heart of the book It wasn't that for me I was a little taken aback that the author spent only a few days in South Africa but she seems to have depicted it correctly as far as I who have never been there can see The book is readable and hard for a news junkie like me to pass up

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Is told that Jason’s killers have applied for amnesty Jason’s parents pack their bags and fly from Nantucket to Cape Town Filled with rage Jason’s mother resolves to fight the murderers’ pleas for forgivenessAs Nadine follows the Irvings to beautiful ghost filled South Africa she is flooded with memories of a time when the pull toward adventure and intrigue left her with a broken heart Haunted by guilt and a sense of remorse and hoping to lose herself in her coverage of the murder trial Nadine grows closer to Jason’s mother as Novel set in SOUTH AFRICA A gripping excursion into South Africa's pastThe main character Nadine loves the thrill of chasing a good story to further her reporting career She thrives on the adrenaline hit of the next story and is not afraid of entering the scary worlds of drugs wars and unimaginable happenings that many of her colleagues shy away from Or is she just kidding herself that this manic dangerous lifestyle is what she really wants from lifeWhilst recovering from being attacked in Mexico Nadine spots an irresistible story unfolding in her old haunts of Cape Town Dropping everything and everyone she rushes off – thus leading the reader into an often disturbing tale of lives and relationships during the ending of the apartheid yearsThe story line moves between the now and the past of Nadine’s life gradually discovering what occurred when she was in South Africa previously and exploring her childhood and her need to always run to her next reporting adventure Gradually her life history unfolds and with it the reasons for her never stopping in one place for longThere is a gripping side story unfolding along the main storyline and I found it was hard not to skip ahead with the chapters covering this side story to find out what happens but I am glad I resistedGiven the setting of Cape Town and the subject of apartheid there is violence depicted in the novel but it is well written with just enough detail to let your imagination do the work and no gratuitous detail The novel’s main characters are graphically drawn as you are pulled into the contrasting lifestyles in Cape Town at that timeThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission headed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu is clearly explained It allowed victims or their families of political crimes to hear the truth about what happened and the perpetrators of these crimes to be given amnesty in certain circumstances This TRC is a theme that runs throughout the book offering no rights or wrongs just a fascinating look into a different form of justice to that which most readers will be used toFor the tourist there is little information about Cape Town however for anyone with an interest in South Africa or just a good story this is an unforgettably good readI love books that I can get immersed in and also learn from and this is one of those books with an easy going writing style that drew me in and held my attention throughout This is a book that explores a difficult and terrible part of history but in a sympathetic manner The book is one of hope love and trust and about finding out what is important in life

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Well as to the mother of one of Jason’s killers–with profound conseuences In a country both foreign and familiar Nadine is forced to face long buried demons come to terms with the missing pieces of her own family past and learn what it means to truly love and to forgiveWith her dazzling prose and resonant themes Amanda Eyre Ward has joined the ranks of such beloved American novelists as Anne Tyler and Ann Patchett Gripping darkly humorous and luminous Forgive Me is an unforgettable story of dreams and longing betrayal and redemption After two terrific novels Ward is entitled to something of a well meaning disappointment There is a fascinating subplot told through a young boy's journal entries and Ward does a great job of bringing the reader into her South African settings and the dialogue toward the end is both believable and poetic but the first hundred pages or so are just one stumble after another Clumsy exposition an implausible romance a character who comes across as of a tough woman journalist fantasy than a real characterI once took a class on international criminal law and we examined the TRC hearings that ostensibly drive the novel's primary plot so I had high hopes but the hearings are dismissed as almost a politically aware MacGuffin Ward wastes a great opportunity to explore how a family comes to decide if they will forgive their child's murderer and how a community deals with systemic issues of guilt and forgiveness and truth and punishment This potentially powerful and life changing story gets brushed aside and absorbed as one tool for the protagonist to make the whole world revolve around herselfAlso as someone freuently dealing with an altered relationship with my dad after my mom's death I was worried when I started to read that this novel's protagonist had a similar family network but at least I could be relieved that this was one avenue of forgiveness that Ward through her protagonist fails to travelIt pains me to write such a negative review for such a talented author Ward has remarkable abilities with dialogue structure setting and presenting difficult people in sympathetic ways How to Be Lost and Sleep Toward Heaven are marvelous gems Forgive Me though wastes Ward's strengths in a novel that had the potential to be so much better L'empire des Français, 1799-1815 of Le feld-maréchal von Bonaparte : Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Français et de leur décadence one Napoléon au Portugal : Le triomphe de l'armée luso-britannique annonce la fin de l'empire (1801-1814) of Jason’s killers–with profound conseuences In a country both foreign and familiar Nadine is forced to face long buried demons come to terms with the missing pieces Histoire des troupes suisses au service de France sous le règne de Napoléon 1er of her La Tragédie du capitaine Dreyfus own family past and learn what it means to truly love and to forgiveWith her dazzling prose and resonant themes Amanda Eyre Ward has joined the ranks Napoléon of such beloved American novelists as Anne Tyler and Ann Patchett Gripping darkly humorous and luminous Forgive Me is an unforgettable story La Restauration. 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