A Death of Innocence Author:Zelda Popkin Against the unrelenting tension of a murder trial, Zelda Popkin explores a major and tragic condition in contemporary life; the collapse of communications between parents and children. — Buffie Cameron's parents, unable to believe that she is involved in a murder, rush to New York City from their home in Idaho to be at her side-and to hire the be... more »st lawyer available. That man is Marvin Hirsch.
Day after day, as Mrs. Cameron sits in the courtroom, faced with the facts of the case-the sordid murder, Buffie's squalid love affair-she begins to realize that the child who has always been "the sun and moon and stars" is a stranger to her. For Hirsch the preparation of the highly publicized trial comes at a crucial moment. His long alienation from his oldest son, the only one of his children who is a "credit" to him, has triggered a violent upheaval in his own family.
The characters who move across the pages of this complex and powerful novel are very real people who arouse intense emotions-men and women who have been drawn into the ever-widening circle emanating from a brutal crime. At the focal point are Marvin Hirsch and Mrs. Cameron, each of them facing the agonizing prospect of giving up a child. "A Death of Innocense" deals with some of the uglier aspects of our world, against which are set ageless fundamentals: generosity, compassion, and love.« less