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Life Sentences: A Novel Paperback – March 2, 2010
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The memoirist doesn't get a warm welcome from the old friends she wrote about in her previous books. This is a detective story in that she is forced to put together the puzzle of what really happened to that child. It is not what you might expect.
There's power, politics, and passion here. Lippman writes with intelligence and a reporter's insight into the mysteries of society's ills.
She returns to Baltimore to unravel Calliope's mysterious past and find her own future - a bit corny. It is difficult to determine whether Cassandra has stretched the truth or totally misjudged her black friends, her sacrificial mother and her selfish father who is not what he appears. Cassandra is driven and she is bound and determined to discover the secrets of her old friends and parents.
Lippman's plot became confusing and lacked a resolution. For a smart girl, Cassandra seemed lacking in reality. When the truth surfaced, it was cloudy and ambiguous. I enjoyed Lippman's other books much more.
Cassandra grew up in Baltimore with her intellectual father Cedric, a classics professor, and her less-colorful and almost "boring" mother Lenore. Her parents separated after the riots of 1968, when Cedric fell in love with Annie, a black woman he supposedly saved from being raped during the fracas.
Now Cassandra, enjoying the fruits of her success as a writer, takes on the project of writing about another school friend - Calliope Jenkins - who was jailed after the supposed death of her youngest son, because she refused to talk or reveal where he might be. He is either dead or missing. She maintains her silence through seven long years until she is released from prison. She only talks to Cassandra - finally - when a discovery during research reveals several secrets and the truth hiding behind a cover of powerful people protecting their own betrayals.
As old lies and betrayals surface, Cassandra finally begins to put together the truth in her own life - discrepancies in memory were not wholly responsible for the wrong details in her story. She simply had not had all of the facts.
How will the "truth" alter her life now? Will she correct the misconceptions of the past?Read more ›
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3 Platypires for Life Sentences by Laura Lippman
This is the forth book I've read from Laura Lippman and I believe its safe to say its either hit or miss with her. Read more
Not Lippman's usual detective novel. Strange story of young lives separated, still involved in a complex, barely plausible web of deceit. Read morePublished 5 months ago by oldoc
I have read most of Laura Lippman's books and find them both fun and with a real twist . This one was repetitive and predictable. Read morePublished 7 months ago by marcia harcourt
I am a very big fan of Lippman. I preorder all her novels this was enjoyable but the slowest by far from this author. Read morePublished 14 months ago by marisa
Another book for my wife, boy are you guys are backing a loser here, you really want this. I hate books and I hate books because my wife buys them all the time on Amazon duhPublished 20 months ago by Anthony P. Haley
I've liked Lippman's other books but this book was just boring. I kept hoping for more but it never came. Read morePublished 21 months ago by ccjs
Laura Lippman is a seasoned author with many books to her credit. I reviewed one of them, After I'm Gone, on this blog on December 26, 2013. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rebecca Mugridge
Interesting development of childhood relationship between writer protagonist Cassandra. The mystery at the heart of the story was never resolved and the novel ended with little... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rosalie Sanderson
I liked it well enough. Not the best book I've ever read, but a pretty engaging read. I think it started stronger than it finished, for me at any rate.Published 22 months ago by K I. Beard