The author who took readers into the strange and fascinating world of Salt Lake City escort services now returns to New York, where a single woman becomes inexplicably drawn to a college student accused of murder. Grace drinks alone in the same bar every night, confides in her longtime bartender, and observes New York City life from the sidelines. A copy editor in her mid-thirties, she is estranged from her family and, in many ways, from herself. But when a local coed is found dead, and a college student from Grace’s hometown is arrested for the murder, something within her stirs. Though the media has portrayed the boy as a spoiled rich kid who killed as revenge for a rebuffed sexual advance, Grace senses deeper layers to the story. Consumed by discovering the truth behind the case, Grace strikes up an unlikely friendship with the accused murderer, Charles. Barely sleeping and slipping further behind at work, she inadvertently dredges up dark parts of her own childhood, including the death of her younger sister twenty-five years earlier. And when Grace returns to her childhood home in Ohio, intending to chase the mystery surrounding Charles, she finds that the mystery she is chasing is actually her own.
|Publisher:||MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated|
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About the Author
Rae Meadows is a graduate of Stanford University and the MFA program at the University of Utah. She is the author of the novel Calling Out, which received the 2006 Utah Book Award for fiction and was named one of the best books of 2006 by The Chicago Tribune. Her stories have appeared in various literary magazines, most recently in Avery. She lives with her husband and daughter in Madison, Wisconsin.
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This is such a unique, darkly compelling yet beautiful story. It goes to all the terrifying, lonely, alienated places we all fear and avoid with all of our might. A woman with a seemingly 'normal' life - a good job, a nice family - is captivated by a young man accused of murder. She is obviously on the edge - she drinks too much, doesn't have any friends, engages in promiscuous and dangerous sex. But on the surface has nothing in common with an accused murderer. Yet, she begins a relationship with him via letters and phone calls while he awaits his trial from prison. Why is she so drawn to him? What in this monster, could she possibly relate to? Her compulsion to understand him is slowly revealed, painting a terrible and honest portrait of the self-loathing and boundless loneliness that sometimes is what resides at the heart of what it means to be human.