Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Blame [Huneven]

Book: Blame
Author: Michelle Huneven
Genre: Fiction

Review: Twenty-eight year old college professor Patsy is an alcoholic. When she runs over a mother and daughter in her driveway during a drunken blackout episode, she is sentenced to a few years in prison. Faced with the knowledge that she killed two innocent people, Patsy gets sober, becomes an active member of AA and eventually marries a much older man. As Patsy rebuilds her life and career, she is forced to analyze her past behavior and actions, as well as those of others. Ultimately, this book challenges the reader to define important questions about 'blame' and 'responsibility' for ones actions.

This book was not an engrossing "I can't put it down" read but it was engaging, interesting and well written. The subject matter was also different from anything I've read before. I've thought about the novel since completing it and it has inspired discussions with a few friends about the concepts of 'blame' and 'responsibility' so Huneven did a good job getting under my skin!

Book Junkie's Grade: B+

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