From the acclaimed author of ‘How to Be Lost’ comes a powerful new novel about love, memory, and motherhood.
Restless and driven, journalist Nadine Morgan is always on the move, chasing the next big story, following risky leads and running from anything that might weigh her down. Ten years after an assignment in South Africa ended in tragedy, she has not been back to the beautiful, troubled country that launched her career – and broke her heart. But when a young man from her hometown is beaten to death by an angry mob in Cape Town, she is flooded with memories of a time when the pull toward adventure left her grief-stricken and haunted. When the boy's murderers apply for amnesty under Nelson Mandela's new regime, his parents pack their bags, determined to fight the killers' plea for forgiveness. Desperate to escape the bonds of affection and guilt that threaten to tie her to her hometown, Nadine heads after them to cover the trial.
In a land struggling to heal scars left by years of hatred, Nadine grows close to the mothers of both the dead boy and his killer, with profound consequences. Alone in a country both foreign and familiar, and surrounded by ghosts from her past, Nadine must face the demons she has tried so desperately to bury and learn what it means to love – and to forgive.
Gripping, darkly humorous and luminously written, ‘Forgive Me’ is an unforgettable story of ambition and longing, regret and redemption
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'Not only is this novel a literary gem, it's as addictive as any nail-biting thriller. This is a wonderfully crafted novel of one woman's struggle to lay the demons of her past to rest and find that elusive recipe for happiness.' Glamour
'Tantalizingly spare yet precisely powerful…a piercing tale of one emotionally wounded woman's attempt to reconcile the gut-wrenching decisions she makes in the name of professionalism with the heartbreaking choices she faces in her personal life.' Star review, Booklist
'A hard-bitten US correspondent revisits the traumas of South Africa's apartheid era in "Forgive Me" by Amanda Eyre Ward. A profound, engrossing read.' Sainsburys's magazine
‘An acute, sharp-angled love story.' Kirkus Reviews
‘From the short and haunting first chapter Ward will have you hooked…You will not want to put this book down until you reach the very surprising twist at the end.’ RTE Guide
‘An unforgettable read.’ U Magazine
Praise for ‘How To Be Lost’
‘This is one of those sink-your-teeth-into-it novels that reminds you why you loved to read in the first place.’ The Charlotte Observer
‘A crackingly good yarn from a very talented writer that will keep you guessing right up until the last page.’ RefreshAbout the Author:
Amanda Eyre Ward was born in New York City, and graduated from Williams College and the University of Montana. Her short stories have been published in various literary reviews and magazines. She is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novel ‘Sleep Toward Heaven’ and ‘How To Be Lost’, and was named by the New York Post as one of five Writers to Watch in 2003. She lives in the US with her husband, geologist Tip Meckel.
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