In her first two novels, Sleep Toward Heaven and How to Be Lost, Amanda Eyre Ward asked questions about loss and forgiveness: Is salvation possible to achieve? What are the costs of achieving it? Does everyone deserve it? Forgive Me, as the title suggests, blatantly explores these questions and other big themes-from apartheid to race, globalization, and motherhood. Filled with plot twists, Ward intersperses Nadine's story with the first-person journal entries of young boy in Nantucket. Her spare, compelling prose touched most critics deeply; as Nadine travels back to South Africa, her own questions also captivated them. In sum, Forgive Me is a page-turner with deep moral underpinnings.
Amanda gives an overview of the book:
Amanda Eyre Ward's new novel, FORGIVE ME, is out in paperback this month. Her first novel, SLEEP TOWARD HEAVEN was published in 2003, and her second novel, HOW TO BE LOST, was published in 2006. Amanda has been published in Tin House, Zoetrope, StoryQuarterly, and on Salon....