Absolution

Paperback | July 23, 2013

byPatrick Flanery

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Told in shifting perspectives, Absolution revolves around the mysterious Clare Wald, a controversial writer and critic of great fame, now a recluse behind the fortified garden walls of her home in the Western Cape. Her only visitor is Sam Leroux, a South African expatriate who has returned after many years in New York to embark on a project that will make his career: Clare's authorized biography. 

Haunted by the memories of a sister she fears she betrayed and of a daughter she fears she abandoned, Clare comes to realize that the dead do not stay buried and the missing return in other forms. As Sam gradually earns Clare's trust, his own ghosts emerging from the histories that he and Clare begin to unravel, together they navigate the elusive nature of truth, the mystery of the creative process and the catharsis of reconciliation.
Told in shifting perspectives, Absolution revolves around the mysterious Clare Wald, a controversial writer and critic of great fame, now a recluse behind the fortified garden walls of her home in the Western Cape. Her only visitor is Sam Leroux, a South African expatriate who has returned after many years in New York to embark on a project that will make his career: Clare's authorized biography. 

Haunted by the memories of a sister she fears she betrayed and of a daughter she fears she abandoned, Clare comes to realize that the dead do not stay buried and the missing return in other forms. As Sam gradually earns Clare's trust, his own ghosts emerging from the histories that he and Clare begin to unravel, together they navigate the elusive nature of truth, the mystery of the creative process and the catharsis of reconciliation.

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Told in shifting perspectives, Absolution revolves around the mysterious Clare Wald, a controversial writer and critic of great fame, now a recluse behind the fortified garden walls of her home in the Western Cape. Her only visitor is Sam Leroux, a South African expatriate who has returned after many years in New York to embark on a pr...

PATRICK FLANERY was born and raised in the USA. After earning a BFA in film from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he worked for 3 years in the film industry before moving to the UK, where he completed a doctorate in 20th-century English literature at the University of Oxford. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the publishin...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:July 23, 2013Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307401286

ISBN - 13:9780307401281

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolution An engaging and complex novel set in South Africa. In some ways similar theme to Ian McEwen's novels where one's actions impact others life's and can never be taken back.
Date published: 2014-08-18

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FINALIST 2014 – International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award"A rare combination of page-turner and literary triumph.... Utterly captivating, this is without a doubt one of the best books I've read in a long while." —Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo"A riveting exploration of memory and forgiveness and how perceptions of a single incident can vary so greatly."—Chatelaine"The wonder of this outstanding first novel is that Flanery weaves the stories together with assurance and craftsmanship, digging underneath many received ideas about the old and new South Africa." —The Times"Flanery is an extraordinary new writer and Absolution shines a light on contemporary South Africa and the long shadow of apartheid.... A debut of great strength and power."—GQ"Astonishingly vivid and insightful.... Stunning." —The Wall Street Journal"Unflinching, often chilling.... An impressive debut." —The Gazette