During that summer, Amanda finished Sleep Toward Heaven, which was published in 2003. It is inevitable that our hearts should open, at least to the possibility of forgiveness, if it is even ours to give. About the author: Amanda Eyre Ward was born in New York City, and graduated from Williams College and the University of Montana. Sleep Towards Heaven takes place in Texas and examines the morality and far-reaching implications of the death penalty in a moving, yet relatively unbiased, manner. I very strongly recommend this beautiful, powerful, and realistic book. Each chapter is told from one of their perspectives, and the voice for each is clear and distinguishable. I think she did a great job because each woman was different, had a different voice, and a different sense of being.
Left me crying one moment and then laughing. Her character is a murderer, but she had such a tragic life, surely we can judge the murder in a different life? We also follow a doctor who works in the prison, and the wife of a victim. I went to Williams College, where I signed up for Jim Shepard's Introductory Fiction Workshop. The novel is set in the fictional Gatestown, which is obviously a stand-in for the real Gates ville in which the Mountain View Unit for female Death Row prisoners is actually located. The writing is spare and powerful, beautiful, never a word too many or wrongly put.
Franny Wren, also twenty-nine, tends to a young cancer patient, and resists the urge to run from her fiancé and her carefully crafted life. The author has rendered society's most loathsome people in a way that is sympathetic without sentimentality. Celia, a librarian, is struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband years ago. The characters in this novel were quite strong, and there was definitely a high emotional appeal, but the plot was very predictable. Celia, a librarian, is struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband years ago.
A very heartwarming book that didn't get half the attention it deserved when it came out. There's a subtle kind of danger in the prose. There's just so much beautiful stuff here. I had trouble keeping up with the characters, who are all very damaged. Authors and publishers: If you wish to make changes to a bio, send the complete biography as you would like it displayed so that we can replace the old with the new. She is married to Tip Meckel.
It is a story of forgiveness, what it means to forgive others and how to forgive yourself. I am glad that I did. I don't think everything can or should be forgiven, but I recognize the redemptive power of forgiveness and it is brought out perfectly in this book. The women on death row seem to be loosely based on famous serial killers such as Aileen Wuornos and Darlie Routier. I found it weird that anyone would want to go watch someone die, no matter what they did to your loved one. Ward is obviously not from Texas, but this fact, obviously, does not take away from the quality of her writing, which is well-researched and written in lovely prose. Ward's writing style wasn't all that impressive in prose, but it was so simple and I found it very easy to relate to what she wrote about.
Her most recent work, The Nearness of You was published in early 2017. I didn't particular care about anyone in the book. Letting go of the past in order to move on with the future. Beautifully written novel about the lives of three women - Karen, on death row for murdering several men, Celia, a widow whose husband was killed by Karen and Franny, a doctor trying to make Karen's last days more humane. Those who like Joyce Carol Oates reality based fiction may find this book interesting. At first, the three narratives seem to be randomly thrown together, but their connection is revealed soon enough. Forgive Me was published in 2007.
Of the three, she seems to be the one most damaged, going through the motions and sedating herself with alcohol. This is a page-turner I finished in one sitting. I typed all night on my Brother word processor, creating a story about a speed-addled trucker on an all-night run. This novel follows three women who seemingly have very different stories but ultimately wind up coming together in a moment that changes their lives forever. Both moving and hopeful, this is a passionately written book that strongly engaged me as a reader. Now I am saddened that it took me so long to read this wonderful story.
In Gatestown, Texas, twenty-nine-year-old Karen Lowens awaits her execution with a host of convicted serial killers on death row. Her relationship with her boyfriend and Sylvia's relationship with hers eerily mirrors the relationship of Izaan and Jordan, but that remains symbolic rather than fully explored. Karen is on death row. You won't be able to put it down after that. Franny Wren, also twenty-nine, tends to a young cancer patient, and resists the urge to run from her fiancé and her carefully crafted life.