Blame: A Novel

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Picador, May 25, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
42 Reviews

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Patsy MacLemoore, a twenty-eight-year-old history professor with a brand-new Ph.D. and a wild streak, wakes up in jail—yet again—after another epic alcoholic blackout. This time, though, a mother and daughter are dead, run over in Patsy’s driveway. Patsy will the next decades of her life atoning for this unpardonable act. She goes to prison, sobers up, marries a much older man she meets in AA, and makes ongoing amends to her victims' family. Then, another piece of news turns up, casting her crime, and her life, in a different and unexpected light. Brilliant, morally complex, and often funny, Blame is a breathtaking story of contrition and what it takes to rebuild a life from the bottom up.

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I also thought the ending was very well done. - LibraryThing
I highly recommend Huneven's writing. - LibraryThing
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User Review  - PetreaBurchard - LibraryThing

Huneven's writing blew me away. It almost doesn't matter what the story's about. She's that good. Characters to care about, non-stock people and situations, beautifully told. I highly recommend Huneven's writing. "Blame" is a pleasure to read. Petrea Burchard Camelot & Vine Read full review

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User Review  - Raven9167 - LibraryThing

The concept for the book intrigued me, but I felt like the execution was flawed. The author is clearly a gifted writer, as many of the passages were very well written, but the characters more or less ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Michelle Huneven is the author of two previous novels,Round RockandJamesland. She has received a General Electric Foundation Award for Younger Writers and a Whiting Writers’ Award for fiction. She lives in Altadena, California.

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