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Sleep Toward Heaven

by Amanda Eyre Ward

Could you forgive the unforgivable? A story of love and forgiveness centering on three women whose lives are inextricably entwined - a murderess on death row, her victim's widow and a doctor on a journey of self-discovery. The characters got under my skin and provoked a range of emotions from sadness and sympathy through to anger and revulsion. A sometimes uncomfortable but always compelling read that poses many questions about human nature.

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'She just wants to die' the woman continues. 'She's going to die. But why the state has to do it for her I don't know.'
'She is a murderer' I say.
The woman looks at me blearily. 'I know' she says. 'But it seems strange to me. I mean, who is going to help to kill this sick woman? How is it going to make a difference to anyone?'
She has me there. I don't have an answer for that one.
'I mean' says the woman...'I mean, is holding a grudge helping anyone?'
Maybe something shows in my face. I am not crying. My eyes are as dry as a bone.
'I'm so sorry' says the woman. 'It's been a terrible day. Please forgive me.'
'How about another drink?' I say.

Parallels

Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean
The Green Mile by Stephen King
 

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