Forgive Me Forgive Me Forgive Me
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Forgive Me Forgive Me Forgive Me

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From the acclaimed author of "How to Be Lost" comes a gorgeous new novel about love, memory, and motherhood.
Nadine Morgan travels the world as a journalist, covering importantevents, following dangerous leads, and running from anything that might tie her down. Since an assignment in Cape Town ended in tragedy and regret, Nadine has not returned to South Africa, or opened...more
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Published January 29th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published June 19th 2007)
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Jill
Sep 07, 2007 Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with an interest in South Africa
I was struggling between 3 & 4 stars. I may end up changing my rating after some thought.

I was very much into the book--but have to agree with some goodreaders' reviews--most of the characters are just sketches, rather than juicy, sink you teeth into, 'flesh & blood' people.
The book loses something in this way--you never really get to know Hank, Jim, Maxim, Lily, George...and so on.

Nadine is fascinating. She is morally drawn to examine injustice all over the globe--but can't see past th...more
Megan
So this book was about a 4 or 5 for me until the very end. I don't know if I had a brain lapse or what, but I am so very confused. It seems as if there was a bit of a mystery going on with Sophia Irving, but I missed how that all tied up. If anyone can clear it up for me, I would be forever indebted!
Kurt
After two terrific novels, Ward is entitled to something of a well-meaning disappointment. There is a fascinating subplot told through a young boy's journal entries, and Ward does a great job of bringing the reader into her South African settings, and the dialogue toward the end is both believable and poetic, but the first hundred pages or so are just one stumble after another. Clumsy exposition, an implausible romance, a character who comes across as more of a tough woman journalist fantasy tha...more
Darci
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Marco
Aug 01, 2012 Marco rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rich women that doesn't know where South Africa is.
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Katie
I thought the book was a let-down. There was so much to be explored in the subject matter. I picked up the book because I was interested in reading more about South Africa, the story of the two mothers, and the heroine's own coming to terms with her past -- the complicated and painful process of reconciliation not only with someone who should be your enemy, but also with yourself. With such a rich theme, I feel like Amanda Eyre Ward threw away what could have been a great novel so that she could...more
Laura
Nadine Morgan is a journalist that has traveled around the world. She is beaten up in Mexico and finds herself back home on Cape Cod to recoup. She escapes her father's house and stays with her doctor on Nantucket. Quickly they become more than doctor and patient. A story about Jason Irving, a young man who was killed in South Africa, has Nadine running from her home back to South Africa. Here she begins to relive what happened to her when she lived in South Africa and the present, trying to get...more
Aubrie
This book was ok, but not as good as the author's other book, "How to be Lost." I liked it until the last 1/4 of the book, at which point things became sort of disjointed. I kept expecting that it would all come together and make sense, but the author didn't do a great job of tying things together. There were a lot of things that the author kept hinting at, and several situations that she was foreshadowing throughout the book. However, she never came through with any real answers or conclusions....more
Kathleen
I wanted more of each of the characters. Seemed like we visited them for such a short time, except for the main character Nadine, and even Nadine did not feel fully realized. Even at the end of the novel, I felt as though her character was a jigsaw puzzle with half the pieces missing. Like several other readers, I was totally confused when Jason's journal morphed into Harry's journal. It felt like an author's trick.

That said, I found the story itself very clear and satisfying. The author took me...more
Nicole
A story about a journalist unable to deal with her past who uses the pull of the 'next big story' to justify her life and her decisions. Most of the book revolved around a story she was following in South Africa, and I have to say that particular part of the book was so enlightening. (Personally I only know bits and pieces of the history of South Africa and really learned a lot from this part of the story.) Up until the last 50 pages I was set on giving this book 5 stars, but I just didn't think...more
Eileen
This book was on the shelves in our guest room at the Cape; I think I bought it at the annual July 4th library sale here in Falmouth last year. It was a great selection for my early morning Saturday reading. I couldn’t put it down! The story is about Nadine Morgan who grew up in Woods Hole right here at the Cape! The main character felt sheltered from growing up in a small town and becomes a foreign correspondent that travels the world reporting on dangerous news stories. She reports about event...more
Maggie
The story was ambitious, but unfortunately it never really came together.

Like the protagonist, I am a former newspaper journalist who spent time in South Africa -- and ultimately, that's the only thing that kept me reading. Otherwise, the plots were too scattered, many of the characters were flat, and some of the techniques felt a little hokey and trite.

This story would have benefitted from a lot more focus and a brutally honest editor.
Martinxo
Feb 01, 2009 Martinxo rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: 2009, fiction
A dreadful book, gave up after five chapters. Banal, clichéd, utterly predictable. Is this really the same woman who wrote the excellent'How to be Lost'? (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43...).

My theory is this is a very early work by Ms Ward and she let it get published just to earn a bit of cash.

I really can't believe it is by the same author.
Ellie
Amanda Eyre Ward, author of How to Be Lost, a book of which I was very fond, is a solid writer. Her prose is neat, her characters developed and the relationships almost (though not fully) of interest. There is something a little rushed about her books, something that makes them solid but not compelling.

Forgive Me also has that quality. The story of a native of Woods Hole Nantucket, Nadine lost her mother at 6 and has felt unrooted in the world since. Through (of course) a lover, she decides to g...more
Aisha
This book really made me cry because its about this global trotting journalist who basically confronts her past while she's covering a trial of an American man beaten to death in apartheid South Africa. A decade ago while on assignment the journalist becomes friend's with a girl's family members and learns the young girl actively participated in killing this man. When she's back in South Africa, she learns of the fate of all her friends, including the girl's family members, who tried to survive...more
Anna
Nadine, the protagonist, a 35 years old free lance journalist, lives her life without setting her roots anywhere since something happened in South Africa 10 years ago. Now she's beaten up in Mexico, is forced to rest, and after fooling around a bit, she escapes to South Africa to discover herself. That would be essentially the storyline here. (Note: not my usual type of read).

Now more into depth about the story (***skip below if you intend to read the book, as it may contain partial spoilers****...more
Drick
This story follows a few months in the life of a young reporter, Nadine, as she sorts through her own hurt and anger against the backdrop of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. The book is well written and is layered in a number of ways. One subplot is Nadine's struggle with her past in Woods Hole, MA where her mother died and her father could never fill the void. Another subplot is Nadine's investigation of a young white American, Jason Irving, who was killed by a group of...more
Deb
Overall, I enjoyed this story by Amanda Eyre Ward and thought that the reader, Ann Marie Lee, did a fine job telling this story. The main character, Nadine Morgan, is one of those driven journalists that seems to like to live life on the edge or really enjoys that adrenaline high. It causes the ones that love her to question her lifestyle after she is beaten severely on an assignment in Mexico. But her trip to South Africa, to cover the story of the death of an American student at the hands of a...more
Micaela
Spoiler here. I almost never bother giving a book a bad review. I figure if someone spent the time writing it they deserve credit for at least that. However, this writer played a trick on the reader that at least made no sense and at most was unneccesary and intentionally misleading...I am referring to the Journal of the boy...we are led to believe she is interspersing the chapters with the Journal of Jason who has been killed. She does this by having Jasons father hand her the Journal on a plan...more
Sarah Sammis
Forgive Me is Amanda Eyre Ward's third novel. It's a powerful piece about forgiveness and love in the aftermath of apartheid and the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Protagonist Nadine Morgan is a journalist who specializes in covering dangerous events. After she is mugged and beaten in Mexico City the TRC's hearing on the death of Jason Irving draws her back to South Africa after a decade's absence.

Overall I enjoyed the story but it has its weak points. The attack in Mexico C...more
Danielle
"Gripping, darkly humorous, and luminous, Forgive Me is an unforgettable story of dreams and longing, betrayal and redemption."

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I just started this and it's completely involving, and it's also a quick read. AEW continues to impress me as a writer with a great sense of character and place.

FINAL UPDATE

After staying up way too late a couple of nights to finish this, I am quite disappointed (as are many reviewers on this site, who I had not read prior to reading the book). The first ha...more
Sandy Neal
I felt like this story was unfinished. I liked it until the end when I felt like the author left too much to the reader to decide.

Interesting insights as to what would compel someone to choose a lifestyle in which they have no roots. Interesting characters but sad that they keep disappearing without any closure in the relationships.

I kept waiting for more to come when the last sentence was read. I expected the author to give us some insight into Nadine's motivation. What was she actually good...more
Sharon
First off, I am so glad to know that I was not the only reader confused by the journals!!! I thought I had really missed something deep! First I thought I was reading Jason's journal, then it appeared that I wasn't. The characters were not developed at all. Nadine was fairly unlikable. I was interested in the history of apartheid in South Africa and was pretty shocked to read about Nelson Mandela's wife. I plan to do some research on her now!

Forgive Me was a disappointment for me after reading H...more
Mary
Feb 10, 2012 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
I just finished reading Forgive Me by Amanda Eyre Ward. Nadine Morgan is a journalist who travels the world, covering dangerous and important events and running from anything that might tie her down. After a story turns tragic in Cape Town, South Africa, Nadine doesn't go back - or open her heart; until she hears the story of American Jason Irving.

Jason was beaten to death by angry local youths during the height of the aparteid era. Now, years later, his mother has been told that Jason's killers...more
Candace
With characters so real you feel you could find them in a people search, Amanda eyre Ward has created a riveting read that will take you from Nantucket to Mandela's South Africa.
Nadine's best friend Lily will never understand why Nadine is always ready to pack a bag and head toward the next journalist's assignment rather than staying on the island and having babies. Neither will the good doctor who has nursed her back to health following a severe beating, or Maxim whome she feels she has betraye...more
Coleen
I have several of Amanda Eyre Ward's books on my shelves, and although this is one of her later ones, this is the first I've read. I think there's something about the covers on her books that appeal to me. This is a tough novel to review. Lots of good ideas in here, but it just didn't pull together very well -- kind of disjointed, an extremely selfish & unlikeable main character, and an ending that was a bit confusing. There were almost too many different plot lines going on to make this a w...more
Erika
I closed this book feeling very confused as to who was who in this story. Maybe it was just bad timing, or maybe I missed an important clue somewhere, but the switching back and forth between the past, the present and the journal entries made for murky reading. And once I realized that the diary entries were those of Nadine's own son, I couldn't reconcile Harry's mother with the career obsessed, running from herself journalist in the other parts of the book. Still, even though I can't say I like...more
 Becka
Jul 24, 2007 Becka rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bill
Shelves: africa
Like Paul Coetzee's Disgrace, Forgive Me is a tale of violence, redemption, sorrow and forgiveness in immediate post-apartheid South Africa. The central character of the novel is a globe-trotting journalist named Nadine who thrives on getting The Story and always being on the move, thus avoiding relationship and familial entanglements. While recuperating in the US from a beating by thugs in Mexico, Nadine is drawn back to South Africa after hearing that a family in her Cape Cod hometown will be...more
Bookmarks Magazine

In her first two novels, Sleep Toward Heaven and How to Be Lost, Amanda Eyre Ward asked questions about loss and forgiveness: Is salvation possible to achieve? What are the costs of achieving it? Does everyone deserve it? Forgive Me, as the title suggests, blatantly explores these questions and other big themes-from apartheid to race, globalization, and motherhood. Filled with plot twists, Ward intersperses Nadine's story with the first-person journal entries of young boy in Nantucket. Her spare

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Shannon
This is the story of a woman journalist who has been unable to commmit to even one place after tragedy strikes when she is in South Africa. It is a moving about a woman obsessed with getting a big story who makes a terrible mistake to further her own ends. Though the whole book does not read as depressing, more interesting, there is a section that is not for the faint of heart that concerns the torture of some South African dissidents. There are no torture scenes but just a brief discussion of w...more
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Amanda Eyre Ward was born in New York City in 1972. Her family moved to Rye, New York when she was four. Amanda attended Kent School in Kent, CT, where she wrote for the Kent News.

Amanda majored in English and American Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She studied fiction writing with Jim Shepard and spent her junior fall in coastal Kenya. She worked part-time at the Will...more
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