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Lacy Eye

by Jessica Treadway

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Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2015
    352 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Hanna Schutt never suspected that her younger daughter's happiness would lead to her husband's death and the destruction of their family. When Dawn brings her new boyfriend home from college for a visit, her parents and sister try to hide their doubts because they're glad that Dawn - always an awkward child - appears to have grown into a confident, mature young woman in her relationship with Rud. But when Hanna and her husband, Joe, are beaten savagely in their bed, Rud becomes the chief suspect and stands trial for Joe's murder.

Claiming her boyfriend's innocence, Dawn estranges herself from her mother, who survived the attack with serious injuries and impaired memory. When Rud wins an appeal and Dawn returns to the family home saying she wants to support her mother, Hanna decides to try to remember details of that traumatic night so she can testify to keep her husband's murderer in jail, never guessing that the process might cause her to question everything she thought she knew about her daughter.

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"Treadway paints a devastating portrait of a family torn apart from both the outside and within." - Publishers Weekly

"A worthwhile story marred by a terrible title." - Kirkus

"This ominous novel from the author of And Give You Peace (2001) feels like true crime. The slow pacing heightens the intrigue behind every glance and unfinished sentence." - Booklist

"It's been a long time since I've read a novel at once this gripping, and this wise, and psychologically complex. As a portrait of motherhood, and an exploration of the limits of knowledge - of others, of one's self." - Elizabeth Graver, author of The End of the Point

"I defy anyone to read these beautifully written, brilliantly observed pages without becoming deeply involved in Hanna's life and her choices." - Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

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At times I felt physically uncomfortable reading LACY EYE. The relationship between Hanna and Dawn was often difficult to read. I felt Hanna's love for her odd daughter, I felt her embarrassment of Dawn's behavior, her need for her daughter to fit in. A mother's love was captured and depicted in the pages of this novel with brutal honesty, perhaps forcing the reader to ponder the occasions they may have had a lacy eye where their children were concerned.

Dawn was a mystery to me, as sweet as she was cruel, was it all an act, always an act or did Rud cultivate what was already there. Rud gave me the creeps, his character was well drawn.

With characters giving me the creeps and the book making me uncomfortable, you might think I did not like this book but quite the opposite is true. This book transported me to Hanna's world, I ached with her and I triumphed with her, the book made me feel. It is a good read when you experience emotion right along with the characters.

I couldn't wait to return to my book when I was away from it. I give the author high praise for taking me on an arduous journey that kept me on the edge of my seat.

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A professor of creative writing at Emerson College in Boston, Jessica Treadway's story collection Please Come Back to Me received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by University of Georgia Press in 2010. Her other books are the novel And Give You Peace, which was published by Graywolf Press in 2001 and named to Booklist's Top 10 Debut Novels of 2001, and the collection Absent Without Leave (Delphinium Books/Simon & Schuster), which received the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares in 1993. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The Hudson Review, Ploughshares, Five Points, Glimmer Train, AGNI, Shenandoah, and Bellevue Literary Review, among others. Treadway has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of PEN New England, where she served as co-chair of the Freedom to Write Committee. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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