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Reservation Road by John Burnham Schwartz
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Mar 29, 2010

it was ok

A rather over-written, but widely praised novel about a hit and run death of a young boy, told via the voices of the parents, the sister and the culprit, who has secret of his own, a failing divorced lawyer whose life is in disarray and who is consumed by guilt but won't come forward as he fears losing visitation rights with his own partially disabled son. The story is predicdtable, but there's too much philosophizing by the narrators, too much internal sturm and drang, and too much focus by the writer on poetic writing which in this genre would profit from more transparency.

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