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Forgive Me: 03/09/08
Forgive Me is Amanda Eyre Ward's third novel. It's a powerful piece about forgiveness and love in the aftermath of apartheid and the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Protagonist Nadine Morgan is a journalist who specializes in covering dangerous events. After she is mugged and beaten in Mexico City the TRC's hearing on the death of Jason Irving draws her back to South Africa after a decade's absence.
Overall I enjoyed the story but it has its weak points. The attack in Mexico City and Nadine's sudden appearance in Cape Cod to recuperate was too abrupt and unexplained. Even Nadine seems pulled out the story by the plot needing her to be Cape Cod to recover and to meet important characters.
Later, the journal entries of Jason Irving which are there to tell his part of the story broke the narrative flow for me. Nadine's descriptions of this wonderful journal doesn't mesh with Jason's mediocre writing nor does Jason's ramblings add much to the already poignant story.
My favorite of the book is Dr. Hank Duarte. He was a believable and charming love interest for Nadine although for the first half of the book I though he could do better than Nadine. She may be a good journalist but she is lousy at empathy and has to learn it through her return visit to Cape Town.
Despite the minor flaws with the book, I did enjoy it and found myself sucked in.
I would love to win this book! I think it sounds fascinating. Apartheid and the issues surrounding it are very intriguing to me. "