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Jessica reviewed Almost Innocent: A Novel (Voices of the South) on
(from back cover)
Clay-Lee Calvert is the love child of two people who are as beautiful as models in a magazine but whose similarity ends there. Her father, Rand, is an artist--easygoing, dreamy, principled, and chronically jobless. Her mother, Constance, is the blue-blooded, pampered, delicate but determined daughter of a state supreme court justice. How their intense passion for each other plays out against the sumptuousness and decay of 1950's New Orleans is something to which no innocent should be privy.
In Sheila Bosworth's mesmerizing first novel, the era, the place, the people, of Clay-Lee's childhood all form an air as real as our own pasts, alternately dim and indelible, where everyone bears some guilt, and all are almost innocent.
Ms Bosworth tells a story of family guilt - yet they are all also almost innocent. A family story of love and the situations that affect choices. I know part of the reason I like this book is because of the setting of New Orleans and Covington. But that aside, I finished the book feeling as if I know Clay-Lee and wanted to know more about her life and that of her parents.