Tina Jordan
August 03, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Rest of Her Life

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Laura Moriarty
publisher
Hyperion
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Jodi Picoult lovers, listen up! Here, finally, is someone as good as she is, someone who can mix the commercial and highbrow with ease. When Leigh’s daughter, Kara, kills a fellow high school student while distractedly driving the family SUV, the troubles of the whole clan are thrown into vivid relief. Leigh, who’s been trying to forget her own childhood, must confront her tense relationship with Kara. Meanwhile, younger son Justin hovers, desperate for attention. Though Laura Moriarty draws The Rest of Her Life‘s dilemmas out with real skill, she’s made one mistake: Leigh herself is too wooden, too restrained. A-

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