The Body in Question

The Body in Question

A Novel

Book - 2019
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The place: central Florida. The situation: a sensational murder trial involving a rich, white teenage girl--a twin--on trial for the horrific murder of her toddler brother, and the sequestered jury deciding her fate. . Two of the jurors sequestered (she, Juror C-2; he, F-17), holed up at the Econo-Lodge off I-75. As the shocking and numbing details of the crime and its surrounding facts are revealed during a string of days and seemingly endless court hours, the nights, playing out in a series of court-financed meals Hannah and Graham fall into a furtive affair, keeping their oath, as jurors, never to discuss the trial. During deliberations the lovers learn they are on opposing sides of the case and realize that their fellow jurors are wise to their affair. After the trial's end, as Hannah returns home to her much older, now, suddenly, frail husband (they married when she was 24; he, 58) an exploding media fury involving the case catches them all up in a frenzy of public outrage at a jury that seems to have convicted the wrong twin, and a judge who has received an anonymous handwritten letter about a series of sexual encounters ("I feel it is my duty as a juror and a citizen to report that two of my fellow jurors had sexual contact on more than seven occasions during our nights at the motel..."), calling into question their respective verdicts, and announcing she is releasing the jurors' names to the media. Hannah's "one last dalliance before she is too old" takes on profoundly personal and moral consequences, as the novel moves to its affecting, powerful and surprising conclusion.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2019]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781524747985
152474798X
Branch Call Number: CIMENT
Characteristics: 173 pages ; 22 cm

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ArapahoeAnnaL Jul 17, 2019

Portrays the irrational and inconsistent nature of real life. The main character is a photographer and the book examines the role of beauty and surface appearance. Interestingly the main character muses that she distrusts the prosecutor because "he is telling his account in the present ten... Read More »


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ArapahoeAnnaL Jul 17, 2019

Portrays the irrational and inconsistent nature of real life. The main character is a photographer and the book examines the role of beauty and surface appearance. Interestingly the main character muses that she distrusts the prosecutor because "he is telling his account in the present tense. Anca soaks the diapers in paint thinner. Anca lights the match. He leaves out all cause and effect. He offers no reflection. He never uses because. His presentation is staccato, a punch list of Anca's actions that night and beyond..." Interesting because the book is also written in the present tense and although reasons are given for the characters' behavior I felt I was left without a complete understanding.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Jul 17, 2019

C-2 wishes he hadn't broken her pencil so she could write down what the defense counsel has left unsaid - that Tim started the fire with the intention of rescuing Caleb so that in gratitude Mr. Butler would reward him with a loan, or, better yet, his own garage...but...C-2 doesn't have a workable pencil to jot it down. Another validation of her decision to end the affair.

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