by Michelle Huneven |
REVIEWED BY ANDREW ABRAHAMS
What are the limits of repentance and regret? That is the question at the heart of Huneven’s powerful third novel. After one of her drunken blackouts, college professor Patsy MacLemoore is convicted of running over and killing two Jehovah’s Witnesses, a mother and daughter. Huneven, a recovering alcoholic herself, traces the devastated prof’s slow road to sobriety after her two-year prison term. To assuage her crushing guilt, MacLemoore forges a bond with the dead woman’s remarkably forgiving widower, even footing his surviving son’s education bills. A stunning development gives Huneven’s meditation on remorse a winning burst at the finish line.