Life Sentences

Life Sentences

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Author Cassandra Fellows has achieved remarkable success by baring her life on the page. But now, after a singularly unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes she may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to nonfiction. When Cassandra was a girl, growing up in a racially diverse neighborhood in Baltimore, her best friends were all black. Another girl orbited their world -- shy, quiet 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 could be her next bestseller. But her homecoming and latest journey into the past will not be welcomed by everyone. And 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... and what really transpired on that terrible day.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, p2009.
ISBN: 9780061714719
0061714712
Branch Call Number: LIPPM
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (10 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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Nov 16, 2012

Terribly disappointing. The protangonist is thoroughly unlikeable. Some of the secondary characters are very interesting, but, while fascinating snippets of their lives are often alluded to - those lives are never examined. (Well, what did happen in Donna's abusive first marriage?) The plot is - a non runner. The book is very well read by Linda Emonds, and, sadly, that tends to keep the listener with the book much longer than this mediocre novel deserves.

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