The Rest of Her Life

The Rest of Her Life

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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In The Rest of Her Life, Laura Moriarty delivers a luminous, compassionate, and provocative look at how mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to one another. Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy-the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community. We see the story from Leigh's perspective, as she grapples with the hard reality of what her daughter has done and the devastating consequences her actions have on the family of another teenage girl in town, all while struggling to protect Kara in the face of rising public outcry. Like the best works of Jane Hamilton, Jodi Picoult, and Alice Sebold, Laura Moriarty's The Rest of Her Life is a novel of complex moral dilemma, filled with nuanced characters and a page-turning plot that makes readers ask themselves, "What would I do?"
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2007
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780061546365
0061546364
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 08 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Gibson, Julia
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Jul 30, 2010

Kansas author Moriarty follows up The Center of Everything with a second thoughtful book, The Rest of Her Life. When high school senior Kara accidentally hits and kills a fellow high school student in her car she changes the course of not only her own life, but of family, friends and strangers alike.

Moriarty examines the repercussions of the accident from many different perspectives without resorting to fabricated melodrama. Fans of Jodi Picoult and Chris Bohjalian will appreciate this novel not only for the exploration of character, but the truthful way the story unfolds.

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