Forgive Me Forgive Me Forgive Me
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
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
That said, I found the story itself very clear and satisfying. The author took me...more
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.
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.
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
Now more into depth about the story (***skip below if you intend to read the book, as it may contain partial spoilers****...more
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
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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.
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
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
Forgive Me was a disappointment for me after reading H...more
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
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
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...more
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