Life Sentences

Life Sentences

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2009]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780061128899
0061128899
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 24 cm

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sunshineagain
Aug 23, 2012

It's like Lippman didn't have an idea for this story and then wrote about not having an idea. Disjointed and unrewarding.

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Feb 09, 2010

I usually really like Laura Lippman but I found this book to be boring.

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sunshineagain thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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