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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (865 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amanda Eyre Ward Narrator: Ann Marie Le Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the acclaimed author of How to Be Lost comes a gorgeous new novel about love, memory, and motherhood.

Nadine Morgan travels the world as a journalist, covering important events, following dangerous leads, and running from anything that might tie her down. Since an assignment in Cape Town ended in tragedy and regret, Nadinehas not returned to South Africa, or opened her heart–until she hears the story of Jason Irving. 

Jason, an American student, was beaten to death by angry local youths at the height of the apartheid era. Years later, his mother is told that Jason’s killers have applied for amnesty. Jason’s parents pack their bags and fly from Nantucket to Cape Town. Filled with rage, Jason’s mother resolves to fight the murderers’ pleas for forgiveness.

As Nadine follows the Irvings to beautiful, ghost-filled South Africa, she is flooded with memories of a time when the pull toward adventure and intrigue left her with a broken heart. Haunted by guilt and a sense of remorse, and hoping to lose herself in her coverage of the murder trial, Nadine grows closer to Jason’s mother as well as to the mother of one of Jason’s killers–with profound consequences. In a country both foreign and familiar, Nadine is forced to face long-buried demons, come to terms with the missing pieces of her own family past, and learn what it means to truly love and to forgive.

With her dazzling prose and resonant themes, Amanda Eyre Ward has joined the ranks of such beloved American novelists as Anne Tyler and Ann Patchett. Gripping, darkly humorous, and luminous, Forgive Me is an unforgettable story of dreams and longing, betrayal and redemption.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura Eck | 2/2/2014

    " I was attracted to this book because a good bit of it took place in Capetown, South Africa where I studied abroad for a semester. Nadine is a journalist following a trial in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. At the same time, another story is developing, which converges at the end with Nadine's story in a way I didn't expect. It sent me back into the book trying to figure out the connections. I read it in a night, so I'd say I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jaime | 1/27/2014

    " Good story - read it in one day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michel | 1/19/2014

    " This was a quick read with a nice plot twist. I enjoyed the storyline and although Nadine drove me nuts at first, she grew on me by the end. What I really liked about this story was the setting of South Africa and the talk of apartheid. It completley lured me in and had me googling names and events to learn more about the history. There were a couple annoying points in the book, (like when she says Gillette stadium is in Boston!) but it was a great story and I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charity | 1/2/2014

    " I've never been much of a reader and I read this book in just a couple days. For those who know me, that's a huge accomplishment and should speak volumes for the story. It kept me reading, wondering, hopeful for characters' outcomes. "

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