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Between Here and April

by Deborah Copaken Kogan

      In her debut as a novelist, Deborah Copaken Kogan tackles a subject many writers would shy clear of. Elizabeth Burns is determined to discover the particulars of a tragedy that happened in her childhood when a classmate was killed by her own mother. As she delves into the reasons for the horrendous crime, Elizabeth tries to fathom how a mother would do such an unspeakable thing.

The deeper she digs, the more Elizabeth begins to empathize with Adele, the troubled woman who committed the crime and then killed herself. This empathy soon makes it clear that Elizabeth needs to take a good hard look at her own unsettled existence, her relationship with her own family and what she wants to do with her own life.

The Book

Algonquin Books
October 2008
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The Reviewer

Bob Walch
Reviewed 2009
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