The murder of Reena Virk in 1997 is one of the most notorious and heartbreaking casesin Canadian history. In Under the Bridge, acclaimed author Rebecca Godfrey revealsthe stunning truth about a Canadian tragedy that captured international headlines.Godfrey spent six years researching the case, conducting exclusive interviews withparents, classmates, police, prosecutors and several of the youths involved, includingWarren Glowatski, one of the two teenagers convicted of murdering Virk. Godfrey alsowitnessed firsthand the many sensational trials of the infamous Kelly Ellard, the otherconvicted killer in the case. Blending extensive reportage with masterful narrative,Under the Bridge is a suspenseful, insightful story of violence and redemption
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Rebecca Godfrey is an award-winning novelist and journalist. Her first novel, The Torn Skirt, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her second book, Under The Bridge, an investigation into the Reena Virk case, was a Globe and MailBook of the Year, and received the B.C. Award for Canadian Nonfictionand The Arthur Ellis Award for Nonfiction. Born in Toronto, and raisedin Victoria, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.From Publishers Weekly:
With a gripping journalistic style, novelist Godfrey (The Torn Skirt) recounts the story behind a horrific murder in a small British Columbia town. One November night in 1997, 14-year-old Reena Virk was savagely beaten and drowned under a waterway bridge. From a small East Indian community, Reena was alienated from her family and spent her time desperately trying to find a place with a tough crowd of teenagers, several of whom had been in trouble with the law. But one of the girls held a grudge against her, and Reena apparently was lured to her violent end by a promise of friendship. Seven girls and one boy initially were charged with assault. Two were convicted of murder: Warren Glowatski, now serving a life sentence, and Kelly Ellard, who was found guilty in 2005 after three trials. Godfrey is careful not to make judgments, but her informed writing reveals a remorseful Warren, an unrepentant Kelly (who denies her guilt) and other psychologically damaged members of the group, sharply etched, whose casual brutality, enabled by drug use, led to a brutal and senseless death. Godfrey's account contains some recreated dialogue but overall is meticulously researched and harrowing to read. B&W photos.
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