I have finished the book and thought that the description of a woman going mentally ill was spot on. The relationship between the husband and wife seemed quite real. The cast system of the whites and non whites were painfully written , but interesting. I loved reading the book from a literary point of view but if all of her writings are this morose I am not sure that I want to go on with her. There was an utter lack of joy in the book. AT the end it seemed that she was spiraling into a deep split with reality. She was anticipating her death. As I was reading the book I thought that the ending would be that she and Moses would develop a very positive relationship and that in the end she would beg him to deliver her from her misery by killing her. But then the end seems to be a fulfillment of Mose,s rage of how he been treated by Mary. What did you make of the ending? Am I missing something?
The journalistic review of a most disturbing injustice of jailing the wrong man for murder was very interesting in the second half. There were so many purposely false steps in the prosecution that after a while I got bored with reading all of the things that went wrong. By far the most interesting part to me was the second half of the book which described the unraveling of the false accusations. The work of the Innocent Victim group of attorneys was breath taking. I also enjoyed the end of the book where the author told what had happened in the mean time to the people in the book. The most shocking was that the prosecuting district attorney in the small town is still in office.
Abraham is an impassioned man of Indian descent and who grew up in Africa. He became a physician and worked in rural US in the beginning stages of the AIDS epidemic. He is now a professor at Stanford University Medical School, teaching the more relationship side of medicine. He continues to write.