By Laura Lippman
writer Cassandra Fallows has completed notable good fortune via baring her existence at the web page. Her extensively renowned memoirs proceed to promote in a timely fashion, acclaimed for his or her brutal, unexpurgated candor approximately pals, kin, lovers—and herself. yet now, after a singularly unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes she can have chanced on the tale that might let her positive go back to nonfiction.
whilst Cassandra used to be a lady, transforming into up in a racially varied middle-class local in Baltimore, her top neighbors have been all black: stylish, privileged Donna; sharp, clever Tisha; wild and worldly Fatima. A 5th lady orbited their world—a shy, quiet, unobtrusive baby named Calliope Jenkins—who, years later, will be accused of killing her baby son. but the boy's physique was once by no means stumbled on and Calliope's unrelenting silence at the topic compelled a pass judgement on to detention center her for contempt. For seven years, Calliope refused to talk and the court docket used to be ultimately pressured to allow her cross. Cassandra believes this nonetheless unsolved real-life secret, principally unknown outdoors Baltimore, may be her subsequent bestseller.
yet her homecoming and most up-to-date trip into the earlier aren't welcomed by means of every body, particularly by means of her former acquaintances, who're unimpressed with Cassandra's success—and are insistent on their lonesome model in their shared historical past. And through delving too deeply into Calliope's darkish secrets and techniques, Cassandra may well inadvertently unearth some of her own—forcing her to reexamine the thoughts she holds most useful, because the stark mild of fact illuminates a mother's soreness, a father's betrayal . . . and what really transpired on a negative day that modified not just a relatives yet a whole state.
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Life Sentences: A Novel by Laura Lippman