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Don't You Forget About Me Paperback – October 21, 2013
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About the Author
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican. She has written for Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. Her first novel, Jane_E, Friendless Orphan: A Memoir is available on Amazon
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There is another reason not to go: she was the one who found the body of Tony Vitale, the boy who drowned in Quaker Creek. Who wants to remember that? Gene was her lone friend in those awful years, and when the request for a meeting at the funeral comes, she can't say no. The city she remembered as doing its best to die is now thriving, a veritable yuppy-ville. In spite of the new prosperity all around, when Cate shows up at the viewing, things feel off. It seems karma has come to her old classmates with a vengeance.
This is a skillful, intricate book, one plot twist follows another with increasing speed. It is well-done, a fascinating read. I am not good at reading between the lines, and this book has plenty of lines I felt like I had to read between, but the book is so good that I can't even take any stars away for being left in the dark and forced to guess. I got enough of the meaning that I couldn't put it down.
In fact, I enjoyed it so much I think I'm going to give it another read!
The staccato pace, endearing characters and unforeseen twists keep the pages whizzing by to a close that both satisfies and whets the appetite for more.
The story starts with the main character, Cate, a successful-but-still-a-little-insecure author, about to head back to her hometown for the funeral of her old principal-- a place where her growing-up years were, shall we say, difficult. But the visit home, which starts out only as awkward as expected, takes a turn for the worse when strange things start happening, including a mysterious death. Cate and her grade-school crush, Gene (now an OB/GYN) find themselves investigating and getting drawn in deeper than might be good for them. What is the Curse of '87? How did Sister Thomas Marie really die?
This book was great because it worked on two levels. The "murder mystery" part can stand on its own as an exciting story with intrigue and unexpected twists. The characters are interesting and easy to identify with. But there are also interesting "theology of the body" questions brought up-- what happens to women (not just physically, but emotionally) who are put on contraceptives, even when it's for totally licit, non-contraceptive purposes? And why are such treatments so prevalent, even when there might be better options out there? The questions aren't answered in a trite way-- they aren't even really answered at all, but I think that's a good thing (especially for a novel). It's sometimes enough to just ask the questions. The great thing was that the "theology of the body" bits were woven into the story so that they didn't really seem at all unnatural or tacked-on.