Life Sentences: A Novel

Paperback | January 29, 2016

byLaura Lippman

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Author Cassandra Fallows believes she may have found the story that could become her next bestseller. When she was a girl growing up in a racially diverse middle-class neighborhood in Baltimore, a shy, quiet, unobtrusive child named Calliope Jenkins orbited Cassandra's circle of friends. Later Calliope would be accused of an unspeakable crime and would spend seven years in prison for refusing to speak about it. But 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, as the stark light of truth illuminates a mother's pain, a father's betrayal . . . and what really transpired on a terrible day that devastated not only a family but an entire country.

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Author Cassandra Fallows believes she may have found the story that could become her next bestseller. When she was a girl growing up in a racially diverse middle-class neighborhood in Baltimore, a shy, quiet, unobtrusive child named Calliope Jenkins orbited Cassandra's circle of friends. Later Calliope would be accused of an unspeakabl...

Since Laura Lippman's debut in 1997, she has been heralded for thoughtful, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. Now a perennialNew York Timesbestseller, she lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:January 29, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061944882

ISBN - 13:9780061944888

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Read This novel includes "memoir" excerpts from the protagonist as well as third person narration from several characters. In my opinion, the memoir pieces were the best parts and I would find myself skimming to get to them sooner. I really liked the concept of this novel, but just couldn't get into it.
Date published: 2016-12-06

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“Succeeds brilliantly... Lippman is in total command of her material, weaving strands about race, family myths and self-deception into a mystery so taut the reader is nearly afraid to keep going—and simultaneously powerless to stop.