Saturday, April 4, 2015

My Sunshine Away, by M. O. Walsh

Lindy Simpson, a teenage girl from an affluent and seemingly safe part of Baton Rouge is brutally raped on her way home from school, and four people are suspects.  One of the suspects is the narrator of this book, and he tells the story of his role in the aftermath of this crime with a healthy dose of self-condemnation.  When he is cowardly or timid or creepy or selfish, he admits to it without offering excuses but rather explanations.  All of the main characters are damaged and deal with their issues in a wide variety of ways.  Maybe the book could have used some admirable characters and a bit of humor.

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