Jan 31, 10
Read in January, 2010
Patsy’s arrest, conviction, and prison term are all based on having driven home drunk and hit two Jehovah’s Witnesses—a mother and daughter—in her driveway. Years later, after serving her sentence and cleaning up in AA, she struggles to atone for this defining act. The story comes with a twist (which the book jacket refers to as "a joyous, fall-off-the-couch-with-surprise moment") that is not difficult to anticipate, but no less effective for making the reader and Patsy reflect on her life and on the nature of blame and guilt.
This is the first book I've read by Michelle Huneven and I will seek out more. Her prose is clean, the plot is well constructed, and she makes no attempt to neatly tie up all the ends that are left hanging in Patsy's life.