The Blameless

Autor Ryan Kenedy
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 10 oct 2023
Newly divorced, Virginia Bigelow is struggling with pressing financial debt, the frustration of a stalled teaching career, an increasingly isolated and lonely existence, and the challenges of being a single parent to an autistic child. When she learns that Travis Lee Hilliard, the man who murdered her father in the 1980s, has been released from prison, she drops everything and sets out on an ill-conceived journey to confront him in order to mete out the justice she feels he deserves.

Meanwhile, having spent three decades serving a life sentence for murdering the California preacher who rescued him from the streets, Travis thinks of himself as a reformed man. Traveling from Folsom Prison to his new home in the Mojave Desert, a remote location with minimal temptations, he struggles to reconcile his past and embrace his newfound freedom. But there are more challenges to staying on the straight and narrow than he ever could have imagined.

Virginia’s and Travis’s braided narratives slowly tighten as they approach their inevitable collision. Unflinching, compassionate, and gripping, this bold novel evocatively examines the ambiguities wrought by both violence and redemption.
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ISBN-13: 9780299345044
ISBN-10: 0299345041
Pagini: 220
Ilustrații: 0 illus.
Dimensiuni: 140 x 216 x 15 mm
Greutate: 0.24 kg
Ediția:First Edition
Editura: University of Wisconsin Press
Colecția University of Wisconsin Press


“Unflinching, compassionate, and gripping, The Blameless is a gem of a novel by a master storyteller. It challenges us to rethink everything we thought we knew about crime and punishment, guilt and forgiveness. This gorgeous and moving novel of ideas also bears witness to the human potential to completely remake ourselves.”—Sharon Harrigan, author of Half
“A suspenseful and beautiful tale of two haunted characters on a collision course. In The Blameless, Ryan Kenedy writes acutely about the arid landscape, the hard labor, the unceasing economic pressures—and the complex, tangled history of his dual protagonists. With utmost precision, he chronicles lives in poignant disarray. He has crafted an immersive and aching narrative of guilt, retribution, and restoration.”—Stephen Schottenfeld, author of This Room Is Made of Noise 

Notă biografică

Ryan Kenedy is a professor of English at Moorpark College. His short fiction has appeared in North American Review, The Greensboro Review, Sou’wester, and The San Joaquin Review