The Sabbathday River
by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999
source: borrowed from the library
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One sentence summary:
Set in a small town near Hanover, New Hampshire, The Sabbathday River borrows elements from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter to tell a story of infanticide and the resulting trial.
I read this page-turner for my book club and we found plenty of discussion-worthy legal, medical, and social issues. But the novel, published in 1999 and set in 1985, felt somewhat dated. This quote, for example, made me laugh out loud... probably because I remember using the Index Medicus.
"One day this [medical research studies] will all be on computer, you know, and you'll be able to just look it up. But for now it's a matter of slogging through the literature, and there's a good deal of it out there."Jean Hanff Korelitz has written several other novels including A Jury of Her Peers, The White Rose, Admission, and most recently You Should Have Known (which is on my kindle). Have you read this author?