The Life We Bury
by Allen Eskens
Editor: Prometheus Books
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USA today Hui best-seller and favorite book clubJoe Talbert’s college student has the modest goal of achieving writing for an English courseHis task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the personWith deadlines approaching, Joe chefs near a nursing home to find a loan submittedThere he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same.Carl is dying a Vietnam veteran– and a convicted murdererWith only a few months to live, he was medically released on parole for a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valour in Vietnam, it is impossible to reconcile the soldier’s heroism with the condemned woman’s despicable acts.Joe, with his sceptical neighbor’s wife, embarks on the discovery of the truth, but he is paralyzed in his action by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and an obsessive childhood memoryThread by thread, Joe unravels Carl’s tapestry convictionBut as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the offence, the stakes grow higherGo find out the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout.
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