Author Cassandra Fallows has achieved remarkable success by baring her life
on the page. Her two widely popular memoirs continue to sell briskly, acclaimed
for their brutal, unexpurgated candor about friends, family, loversand herself.
But now, after a singularly unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes she
may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to
When Cassandra was a girl, growing up in a racially diverse middle-class neighborhood in Baltimore, her best friends were all black: elegant, privileged Donna; sharp, shrewd Tisha; wild and worldly Fatima. A fifth girl orbited their worlda shy, quiet, unobtrusive child named Calliope Jenkinswho, years later, would be accused of killing her infant son. Yet the boy's body was never found and Calliope's unrelenting silence on the subject forced a judge to jail her for contempt. For seven years, Calliope refused to speak and the court was finally forced to let her go. Cassandra believes this still unsolved real-life mystery, largely unknown outside Baltimore, could be her next bestseller.
But her homecoming and latest journey into the past will not be welcomed by everyone, especially by her former friends, who are unimpressed with Cassandra's successand are insistent on their own version of their shared history. And by delving too deeply into Calliope's dark secrets, Cassandra may inadvertently unearth a few of her ownforcing her to reexamine the memories she holds most precious, as the stark light of truth illuminates a mother's pain, a father's betrayal . . . and what really transpired on a terrible day that changed not only a family but an entire country.
"Starred Review. [A] rich, complex journey from self-deception to self-discovery." - Publishers Weekly.
"Lippman's writing is powerful and her gaze unflinching as she invokes a world in which no one is either entirely guilty or truly innocent." - Kirkus Reviews.
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Laura Lippman was a
for twenty years, including twelve years at The
(Baltimore) Sun. She began writing
novels while working fulltime and published seven books about
Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has
awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero
Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes
crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was
first-ever recipient of the Mayors Prize for Literary Excellence and
genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library
Ms. Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. After graduating from Wilde ...
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