Life Sentences

Life Sentences

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 27.94mm | 294.83g
  • William Morrow & Company
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061944882
  • 9780061944888
  • 1,243,847

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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.--People
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4,027 ratings
3.14 out of 5 stars
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4 26% (1,037)
3 43% (1,726)
2 18% (738)
1 5% (191)
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