By Alison Clement
(Atria, Hardcover, 9780743272667, 288pp.)
Publication Date: July 11, 2006
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It seemed to June that she had the perfect marriage until the day Ronald Pruett was arrested for the murder of Vernay Hanks. Through her job at an elementary school, June knew both the victim's child and Pruett. Moreover, on the day of the murder, she had almost taken a ride from Pruett herself.
This connection with the murder becomes an obsession for June and leads her into a deceitful and increasingly complicated involvement with the dead woman's brother and her child. Pretending to have been a friend of the victim, June inserts herself into their lives and through this discovers disturbing things about her marriage and herself.
Sharp and full of unsettling twists, "Twenty Questions" is a gripping story that speaks of violence and betrayal, feminism, and reinvention. Above all, it speaks of the human condition to resurrect itself, whatever the cost.
Alison Clement has been a waitress, bartender, housepainter, and fruit picker. She lives with her partner and their two children in western Oregon, where she is an elementary school librarian.