Defense Of An Other

Defense Of An Other

by Grace Mead


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ISBN-13: 9781912262250
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 595,005
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Defense Of An Other 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ButtonsMom2003 9 days ago
OMG! Thrilling, Heartbreaking, Intense, I have to start out by saying that I loved this book but it's not the type of story I'd usually read. I normally only read romance stories, and mostly only gay romance, but something about the book's description grabbed me. I picked it up from NetGalley and I'm so glad that I did. I loved it so much that I ended up buying a copy, too. Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. The blurb really tells it all but it can't begin to convey how heart-breaking the story would be. I've always loved watching shows like Law and Order so I found the details of the trial, fact gathering, investigation, etc. very compelling. I really feel like I can't say too much for fear of giving too much away. The only thing I'm going to say is this: Grace Mead, I implore you to write a sequel.
Donatelli 28 days ago
Defense of an Other, written by Grace Mead is a fictional legal thriller of sorts, but not in the real sense. In my opinion, this book could definitely read as a nonfiction book. Defense of an Other will keep you on the edge of your seat in ways that you won't anticipate. After reading the synopsis of this book I knew exactly what the book was about, the law, how it is, at times, behind the times, unfair to some communities and biased. This book was exceptionally well written and thought out, paying particular attention to the period and the social issues of those times. The characters were well developed and stayed true to themselves throughout the book. I was easily able to relate and feel empathy for the main character. I do not think that you need to be part of the LGBTQ community to enjoy this book. Actually, I think that this book can help people see that we all have a responsibility to all communities to ensure they are treated equally including when it pertains to our judicial system. Matt Durant, the main character, is a successful lawyer who is struggling with his sexuality and is attempting to explore his sexual orientation by going to a gay bar. Through a series of unfortunate events, Matt kills a man and is then put on trial. The author through her writing enables the reader to feel the happiness, sadness, compassion and sheer willpower to overcome the ignorance that her characters experience in this book. I felt entirely connected to Matt as a person. Mead did not make this man perfect, far from it, he definitely had flaws, but in my mind, it made his character more believable and relatable. As a mother, I could feel the depth that Matt’s mother felt for what her son had to go through, not just during the trial but also with his struggle to acknowledge that he was gay. The relationship that the two shared was extraordinary, and the author captures it perfectly. I found the trial part of the book fascinating, and the detail that the author put into this part of the book was terrific. The constitutional questions that the author set forth and the way she did it was pure genius. My favorite part was the back and forth dialogue between Matt’s lawyer, Farrar, and Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia and Justice Ginsburg. I felt this part gave the reader an accurate glimpse into the Supreme Court's process. Defense of an Other engaged me on so many levels I was unable to put it down and read it in about three days, I am a slow reader, so that is pretty fast for me. This is the type of book I will remember for a long time to come. It is not an easy book to stomach because of all the bigotry and hate, but it is so worth it to experience how the human spirit can rise above it all. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author. ***I kindly received a copy of this book by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***
Anonymous 28 days ago
Defense of an Other is Grace Mead’s debut novel that she self-published. Mead readily admits “all views, and any errors are hers.” Aside from a few editorial errors, Defense of an Other is a superbly written novel. The Publisher and the Author’s Website provide adequate information on the description of the book. Most startling was what Mead revealed about equality, “from 2013 to 2015, in the years in which the Supreme Court was considering the same-sex marriage issue, according to data voluntarily reported to the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics Project, there were over 3900 victims of hate crimes based on sexual orientation, including those who were murdered.” We see things that represent change, but unfortunately, these things remain the same. Not surprising in Mead’s “A Note on Louisiana and the Characters.” Mead is speaking about Louisiana when she writes, “I’ve worked through my own self-loathing through a series of approximations: thinking of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, biases against those in rural areas, biases against those with humbler means, biases against those with certain political beliefs, heterosexism, homophobia, and then, finally, transphobia as I met people of all sorts who were considerate and kind. In the end, having encountered so many types of caring people, including trans individuals, I was left no choice but to stop hating myself.” Louisiana biases? Sadly these same biases are in every corner of our country where people live in fear and hate who they are for the sake of their safety. Sadder is the fact that we now live in a time where biases and hate are encouraged. I encourage everyone who reads this blog post to read Grace Mead’s five essays in their entirety, and as you do, remember love is a verb. It was Mead’s essays that spoke to me the loudest. I would like to see Grace wrap those essays up together with added subjects in a memoir. After all, these are the issues of today. Thank you to Clink Street Publishing, Grace Meade and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this novel. - D.B. Moone
Momma_Becky 3 months ago
I did something with this book that I rarely do. I devoured it in two days, and then I sat with it. I usually have a good idea of where my review will go when I've finished, but this one confounded me. Not because it isn't good - it is. Matt Durant's story is compelling and emotional, the courtroom drama is gripping, and the whole thing is thoroughly thought-provoking. Nevertheless, I ended this one with mixed feelings. For one thing, I kept wondering when Matt and his mother were going to get angry. The more I read, the more I felt like some element was missing, and I finally figured out what it was. We see the fear, the sadness, the worry, the determination, but not once do either of them get mad. The way it's handled, Matt is almost methodical through the whole process, and I just found him to be a little too saintly to be believed, and as a mother, I can't fathom not getting angry over how things happen. Then we come to the conclusion, and I felt a little cheated. This was quite the journey with Matt, and I expected more than to be left hanging. Maybe we're supposed to guess? hope? dream up? where it goes, but after all of that, I wanted closure. This is an emotionally draining journey (minus the anger), and I wanted to know what happened next. I understand that what would have to happen next would've been lengthy, but even an epilogue with some explanation would've been better than that closing line. In the end, Defense of An Other was a brilliant journey ruined by an abrupt and less than satisfying ending.