Laura Moriarty – The Rest of Her Life: A Novel

123. The Rest of Her Life: A Novel by Laura Moriarty (2007)
Length: 306 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 18 December 2014
Finished: 21 December 2014
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 16 August 2014
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and Laura Moriarty is a new author for me.

Leigh Churchill is the mother of two lovely children – eighteen-year-old Kara – a high-achieving, popular high school senior, destined to go on to college; and Justin – a shy, awkward fourteen-year-old. While she has a wonderful relationship with Justin, for some reason that she can’t identify, Leigh’s relationship with Kara is strained and difficult. For the life of her, she can’t understand what she may have done – or didn’t do – that caused such coolness between herself and her daughter.

Then, in a single moment of careless distraction, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy – something that no matter how much she may want to, she can’t change or take back. Kara’s actions not only divide Leigh’s family, but polarize the entire community. We see the story from Leigh’s perspective: as she watches her daughter struggling with the feelings of guilt and grief caused by what she has done; as Leigh herself grapples with the harsh reality of what happened and the devastating consequences which Kara’s actions have on the family of another teenage girl in town; all while trying to shield and protect Kara in the face of rising public outcry. 

The Rest of Her Life: A Novel by Laura Moriarty delivers a luminous, compassionate, and provocative look at how even mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to one another. Ms. Moriarty’s novel is one of complex moral dilemma, filled with nuanced characters and a page-turning plot that makes readers ask themselves, “What would I do if I were in a similar situation?”

For myself, I absolutely loved this book. The story was filled with complex characters and intricate family dynamics, just the sort of story that I enjoy reading. I found Ms. Moriarty’s writing and plot development to be spot on; very believable and with a strong basis in reality. I give The Rest of Her Life: A Novel by Laura Moriarty an A+! I will certainly be on the look out for more of Laura Moriarty’s books to read in the future.

A+! – (96-100%)
  
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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