From up-and-coming author Rae Meadows, an addictive, absorbing novel with a lovable basket-case heroine who becomes obsessed with a murder case. Grace, 35, copyedits other people s writing for a magazine, drinks alone in the same bar every night, and observes the vibrant life of New York City from the sidelines. But when a local co-ed is found dead, and a college student from Grace s Ohio hometown is arrested for the murder, something within her stirs. The newspapers claim that Charles, a college freshman, is a spoiled rich kid who killed because of a rebuffed sexual advance. Yet Grace senses deeper layers to the story and becomes consumed by discovering the truth behind the crime. Through letters and phone conversations, Grace and Charles gradually draw each other out, and her obsession grows. When her father has a stroke and she is called home, Grace continues her investigation of Charles in the place where they both grew up. But living amidst her parents in the house of her youth, dark parts of her childhood resurface including the details surrounding the death of her younger sister twenty-five years earlier. As Grace chases Charles's mystery, she inadvertently chases her own.
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Rae Meadows (one of Poets & Writers Five Debut Writers to Watch ) is a graduate of Stanford University and the MFA program at the University of Utah. She is the author of the novel 'Calling Out', named one of the best books of 2006 by 'The Chicago Tribune.' Her stories have appeared in various literary magazines, most recently in Avery: An Anthology of New Fiction. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.From Publishers Weekly:
Two lost souls establish a tenuous bond in Meadows's intriguing tale of an aimless copy editor and a hapless murder suspect. When a female student at Emeryville, a small Long Island, N.Y., college, goes missing, a would-be suitor and fellow student, Charles Raggatt, is arrested and confesses to her murder. The sensational crime strikes a chord with Grace, a copy editor at a weekly Long Island news magazine, who becomes obsessed with the case, especially after she discovers that Charles, like she, is originally from a Cleveland suburb. Though Grace is convinced that there's more to the story than the public is being told, alternating points of view leave the reader in little doubt about Charles's guilt. Meadows (Calling Out) artfully sketches the growing relationship between the pair that starts with letters, then phone calls and a visit. There's a moving irony in this forging of a potentially redemptive friendship in the aftermath of a brutal murder. (June)
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