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From the acclaimed author of 'How to Be Lost' comes a powerful new novel about love, memory, and motherhood. / From the award-winning novelist of 'How to be Lost' comes an engrossing and throught-provoking story about tough life decisions and the cost of following one's dreams. / Will appeal to the Maggie O'Farrell market -- commercial literary fiction at its page-turning best. / 'Forgive Me' is the breakthrough novel for this author, whose success has been building with her first two novels. / 'How to Be Lost' was a great international success and was published in a multitude of countries including the USA, France, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Taiwan.

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Amanda Eyre Ward was born in New York City, and graduated from Williams College and the University of Montana. Her short stories have been published in various literary reviews and magazines. She is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novel 'Sleep Toward Heaven' and 'How To Be Lost', and was named by the New York Post as one of five Writers to Watch in 2003. She lives in the US with her husband, geologist Tip Meckel.


Ward's third novel (after How To Be Lost) parallels the twin tumults of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in the late 1990s and protagonist Nadine Morgan's restless search for the next big story at the cost of her personal relationships. Like her namesake, South African novelist Nadine Gordimer (whom the author thanks in the acknowledgments), Nadine is a privileged white woman horrified by apartheid. A significant difference between them is that Ward's character is an outsider, an American drawn to hot spots. The novel follows Nadine as she returns to South Africa for a hearing involving a friend's sister, who murdered a white American; guilt and conviction already assured, the question is whether the perpetrator will be forgiven by the victim's grieving parents. Nadine, who must reconcile herself to her own past mistakes, is an appealingly vulnerable and complex character. Unfortunately, the two men in her life are less compelling, and chapters told by a young, mysterious narrator fit awkwardly, interrupting the narrative. Still, one cannot help but be moved by the characters' desperate desire to find peace and meaning in a bewildering world. Recommended for all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/07.]--Evelyn Beck, Piedmont Technical Coll., Greenwood, SC Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for 'How To Be Lost': 'Lovely!has that lovely tone that only American women writers seem to be able to achieve: melancholic, wry, apparently artless!ready to jump either towards humour or heartbreak.' Nick Hornby 'A bitter-sweet story that will have you racing to the end.' Cosmopolitan '["How to Be Lost"] invites comparison to "The Lovely Bones".' People Magazine 'The narrative is so engrossing, so propelling, you're surprised to come upon the last page!a damn good story.' Time Out, New York More praise for 'How To Be Lost' 'This is one of those sink-your-teeth-into-it novels that reminds you why you loved to read in the first place.' The Charlotte Observer 'A crackingly good yarn from a very talented writer that will keep you guessing right up until the last page.' Refresh

The secret demons of globe-trotting journalist Nadine, 35, form the core of this contrived but earnestly observed third novel from Ward (How to Be Lost). Badly injured by thugs while pursuing a story outside of Mexico City, Nadine wakes up at her estranged father and stepmother-to-be's Cape Cod B&B, under the care of the perhaps too interested Dr. Duarte. The unhappily confined Nadine reads a story about a local couple who are traveling to Cape Town, South Africa, for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings: testifying will be the young, black woman who killed their white son, a visiting American teacher, in 1988. Told to rest by her bureau, Nadine decides to cover the story on her own. On a flight from Nantucket to Cape Town, Nadine finds herself next to the local couple, who furtively give Nadine their son's boyhood journal. It's not Nadine's first trip to Cape Town: she spent years there as a fledgling journalist, and lost her one love, Maxim, there; the soul-wrenching revelations of the murdered man's diary bring Nadine face-to-face with her own personal and professional pasts, and force her to make difficult decisions about her future. A disjointed narrative, stilted dialogue and contrived plot mechanics make hard work of what is otherwise an ambitious morality play. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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