Blame

Blame

Book - 2009
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Michelle Huneven, Richard Russo once wrote, is "a writer of extraordinary and thrilling talent." That talent explodes with her third book, Blame , a spellbinding novel of guilt and love, family and shame, sobriety and the lack of it, and the moral ambiguities that ensnare us all. The story: Patsy MacLemoore, a history professor in her late twenties with a brand-new Ph.D. from Berkeley and a wild streak, wakes up in jail - yet again - after another epic alcoholic blackout. "Okay, what' d I do?" she asks her lawyer and jailers. "I really don' t remember." She adds, jokingly: "Did I kill someone?" In fact, two Jehovah' s Witnesses, a mother and daughter, are dead, run over in Patsy' s driveway. Patsy, who was driving with a revoked license, will spend the rest of her life - in prison, getting sober, finding a new community (and a husband) in AA - trying to atone for this unpardonable act. Then, decades later, another unimaginable piece of information turns up. For the reader, it is an electrifying moment, a joyous, fall-off-the-couch-with-surprise moment. For Patsy, it is more complicated. Blame must be reapportioned, her life reassessed. What does it mean that her life has been based on wrong assumptions? What can she cleave to? What must be relinquished? When Huneven' s first novel, Round Rock , was published, Valerie Miner, in the Los Angeles Times Book Review , celebrated Huneven' s "moral nerve, sharp wit and uncommon generosity." The same spirit electrifies Blame . The novel crackles with life - and, like life, can leave you breathless.
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374114305
0374114307
Characteristics: p. cm.

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Jul 25, 2014

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Sherrykenni
Oct 03, 2012

This book was recommended to me to read. In the beginning it was somewhat hard to follow and in the end...well...you knew what was coming. An ok book to read if you cant find another.

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glendamiller
Jun 23, 2012

This is my second book by Huneven and I enjoyed this one as much as the first one I read (Round Rock). Another book that stays with you after you are finished

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Winnipeg1
Sep 22, 2011

If I was going to be a novelist, this is how I'd want to write. There's a cast of believable characters, high drama & peace-seeking. The central plot is attached to the book, no need for spoilers. The writing is just great, with rich, descriptive, natural dialogue. Highly recommend this book.

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RichardPaul
Jul 04, 2011

Michelle Huneven:
Blame 2009, Fiction
Patsy returned to town, driving her Mercedes Benz. She woke in a jail cell alone and did not know why she was there. Certainly not her first time: to wake up in the worn Altadena Sheriff's department's basement jail, sore and beat up, by whom??
Detective Ricky Barrett pulled from the old Homicide file a list of physical damage: to the victims. Slowly he read from it to Patsy: Jane Robin Parnham Mother aged 34, Elizabeth Parnham Daughter aged 12.
Both Jehovah's Witnesses, and were walking down Patsy Maclemoore's driveway.
Patsy, hearing the Homicide list read to her: realized her beautiful life is gone!

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