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House Arrest by Ellen Meeropol
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Jun 23, 2011

it was amazing

On the surface, House Arrest tells a simple story. A visiting nurse is assigned to provide prenatal care for a woman who's accused of a crime and facing pretrial incarceration, but because she's pregnant, instead of jail, she's allowed house arrest. But under the surface, the characters inhabit a world swirling with secrets and complications. The narrator's father was imprisoned for burning a draft board during the Vietnam War. The women under arrest fled home because of a very different crime. Stir in a religious "cult," a vindictive boss, and a child with spina bifida, and this novel is as intense as a three-alarm fire. The characters are beautifully three-dimensional, mundane yet a mile deep. And it stays with you long after you've turned the final page.
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