In this stunning debut novel, Naseem Rakha charts the inexorable evolution of a family's unfathomable grief after their teenage son is killed during an apparent break-in. Irene Stanley has settled into a comfortable niche, raising her family on a farm in southern Illinois, when her husband announces he's accepted a job in Oregon without consulting her. Irene is furious with the decision, but her bitterness begins to fade when she discovers the natural beauty of the Oregonian landscape. Unfortunately, her contentment is utterly annihilated when her pride and joy, her 15-year-old son Shep, is murdered by an intruder. The killer is quickly caught and convicted, and Irene begins to count the days until his execution, while her husband and daughter begin the guilt-ridden ordeal of trying to regain some semblance of a life for themselves. As the agonizing appeal process draws on, Irene eventually confronts her feelings of vengeance, and decides to write a letter to her son's murderer, which begins a correspondence which will entirely disrupt her emotional foundation and bring everything she thought she knew into question.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres, Juvenile Fiction
- Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Human Qualities + Behavior, Social Issues / Emotions + Feelings, Travel + Voyages, Family + Friendship, General
- Broadway Books
- July 7, 2009
- July 7, 2009
- Naseem Rakha