by Patrick Flanery


Hardcover, 388 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $26.95 | purchase


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In modern-day South Africa, Clare Walde tells the story of her sister's death and the disappearance of her daughter during apartheid 20 years earlier.

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If you look up "absolution" in the dictionary, you'll find it defined as "a freeing from blame or guilt." In this debut novel, Clare Wald, a celebrated South African writer, holds herself responsible for the deaths of her sister and her daughter, both victims of a repressive government. The question is: Who can grant her the absolution she seeks? Although she agrees to have her story written, Wald admits that since she lies for a living, eliciting the truth from her is not an easy task. In a

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