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Author Cassandra Fellows has achieved remarkable success by baring her life on the page. But now, after a singularly unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes she may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to nonfiction.

When Cassandra was a girl, growing up in a racially diverse neighborhood in Baltimore, her best friends were all black. Another girl orbited their world—shy, quiet Calliope Jenkins—who, years later, would be accused of killing her infant son. Yet the boy's body was never found and Calliope's unrelenting silence on the subject forced a judge to jail her for contempt. For seven years, Calliope refused to speak and the court was finally forced to let her go. Cassandra believes this still unsolved real-life mystery could be her next bestseller.

But her homecoming and latest journey into the past will not be welcomed by everyone. And by delving too deeply into Calliope's dark secrets, Cassandra may inadvertently unearth a few of her own—forcing her to reexamine the memories she holds most precious … and what really transpired on that terrible day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lippman makes good use of the way memoirists often choose sides in stories of divorce, and of how their idealizing and demonizing respective parents may be deeply wrong. But her greatest sleight of hand is the maneuvering that deftly compromises Cassandra as she reignites old emotions. Not until the end of Life Sentences…will the reader grasp how fully Ms. Lippman has shaped and controlled this narrative.”

    New York Times

  • “Succeeds brilliantly…Lippman is in total command of her material, weaving strands about race, family myths and self-deception into a mystery so taut the reader is nearly afraid to keep going—and simultaneously powerless to stop.”


  • “Lippman, a Baltimore native, skillfully brings the racial and economic tensions of her middle-class neighborhood to life in this poignant page-turner.”

    Daily News

  • “Stunning…Examines the extraordinary power and fragility of memories…A rich, complex journey from self-deception to self-discovery.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “It’s a stroke of genius to write a mystery about a memoir writer…Anchored to intriguing characters, bristling with jujitsu conversations and sharp social insights, this is an ensnaring and revelatory mystery of the human heart masterfully told by a writer well versed in our habit of self-delusion and preference for myth over reality.”


  • “Lippman’s writing is powerful and her gaze unflinching as she invokes a world in which no one is either entirely guilty or truly innocent.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeanne | 2/18/2014

    " A 3.5, really. I bumped it up to 4 because I had a difficult time putting it down. I liked the characterizations, but the plot twists were the most compelling aspect of the novel....kept me reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margaret Dee | 2/17/2014

    " My cousin Laurie recommended this book. It is a stand alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Frankie | 2/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed this novel. Laura Lippman is a captivating author and her stories never fail to draw me in. Life Sentences was a journey into the life of a woman full of memories and not all of them accurate. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jo | 2/6/2014

    " Enjoyed enough to start another of her books. "

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