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Riassunto: On a warm September morning in 1985, not far from the town of Goddard, New Hampshire, Naomi Roth finds the drowned body of a newborn baby girl floating in the Sabbathday River. The community makes its own accusations, and a young single mother is the prime suspect.
Recensione: The Sabbathday River explores a rushing stream of themes, beginning with the breaking of several of the Ten Commandments and touching on loss, faith, gender politics, and motherhood as it illuminates the darkness of an unthinkable crime. Naomi Roth--divorced, liberal, feminist, and Jewish--is very much an outsider in Goddard, New Hampshire, though she's lived there for nine years and manages a crafts cooperative that employs many local women. When Naomi finds the body of a murdered newborn floating in the river, the town's normal atmosphere of suspicion intensifies as gossip begins to swirl around its Jezebel, Heather Pratt, who has previously borne a child by a married man. The district attorney extracts a tainted confession from Heather that she gave birth to a new baby by her now-estranged lover and left it for dead. Meanwhile, Naomi finds a second dead newborn in a pond, leading to a charge of not one murder but two--though Heather insists that she had only one baby and that it was stillborn. A furious Naomi convinces Judith Newman, a fellow New Yorker and lawyer new to Goddard, to take on Heather's defense.
Though the prosecution's case is exceedingly farfetched and the D.A. clumsily duplicitous, local sentiment runs deeply against Heather, whose apathy and refusal to face reality annoy even her few supporters. What's more, the case becomes a political football when news organizations and a radical feminist group converge on the town, eager to turn Heather into a symbol of oppression. Judith mounts an impressively cohesive defense, yet in the end help comes from an unexpected source.
After the protracted courtroom drama, the essential puzzle still remains: Whose is the second baby? Oddly, Jean Hanff Korelitz telegraphs the surprise ending disappointingly early, deflating the denouement somewhat. Yet the characters at the book's core--intelligent, analytical, argumentative--and their personal dramas are intriguing enough to overshadow the small faults of plot, making The Sabbathday River a rewarding, if longish, literary mystery. --Barrie Trinkle
Titolo: The Sabbathday River
Casa editrice: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Data di pubblicazione: 1998
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York, 1999. Softcover. First edition, Advance Reading copy. Fine in wrappers. Codice libro della libreria 48276
Descrizione libro Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Very good paperback. Spine is uncreased, binding tight and sturdy; text also very good. Some light shelfwear, front cover has a crease in the upper corner. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Codice libro della libreria 223264
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97803749700864.0
Descrizione libro Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P020374970084
Descrizione libro Farrar, Straus & Giroux. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 0374970084 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0172035
Descrizione libro Farrar, Straus & Giroux. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: Fine. 0374970084 Like New Condition. Codice libro della libreria LN6.0172035
Descrizione libro Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Codice libro della libreria GD-245-48-4626304
Descrizione libro Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Very good. Codice libro della libreria HH-245-48-4626304
Descrizione libro Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110374970084