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Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman
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Nov 25, 2012

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bookshelves: american, fiction-family-drama, released-through-bookcrossing
Read on December 08, 2010 , read count: 1

This story reminds me of a true story I read in a magazine.
In the magazine article we see a man with a terrible problem. His daughter is sick and needs a kidney, her mother and other family members are not a match. The father is not her natural father as the girl is a child of rape. This father was the one who befriended the traumatized girl who had been raped by an unknown assailant, offered her friendship, comfort and love and eventually became her beloved husband and the devoted father of her children. He tests for the kidney match and is found to be a perfect match because he is actually the rapist and the natural father.
In many ways Blue Diary is a similar story, although the particulars are different. We have a good man who is trusted and loved, a person who is of almost heroic proportions. Then his crime is revealed and the persona he has built, the person he has become, is destroyed by the overwhelming nature of the crime he is guilty of.
Alice Hoffman writes in her usual poetic, magical style and it is very good.
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Carolyn F. Oh my gosh, I can't believe the rapist married the woman. I'd love to know the name of the people to look it up. Now that would be a great book!

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Stacie Yes, I'd love to know too, even if just to read the same article.

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