Between Here and April (Paperback)
Algonquin Books, 9781565129320, 304pp.
Publication Date: November 3, 2009
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November 2008 Indie Next List
“I loved Between Here and April, which on so many levels raises issues -- memory, facing the past and admitting its impact on the present, motherly love, and fidelity -- all in a novel that has a suspenseful race to its conclusion. Readers will be satisfyingly rewarded.”
— Cheryl McKeon, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
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When a deep-seated memory suddenly surfaces, Elizabeth Burns becomes obsessed with the long-ago disappearance of her childhood friend April Cassidy. Driven to investigate, Elizabeth discovers a thirty-five-year-old newspaper article revealing the details that had been hidden from her as a child—shocking revelations about April's mother, Adele.
Elizabeth, now herself a mother, seeks out anyone who might help piece together the final months, days, and hours of this troubled woman's life, but the answers yield only more questions. And those questions lead back to Elizabeth's own life: her own compromised marriage, her increasing self-doubt and dissatisfaction, and finally, a fearsome reckoning with what it means to be a wife and mother.
About the Author
Deborah Copaken Kogan is the author of Shutter-babe, the bestselling memoir of her years as a war photographer. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Paris Match, Newsweek, Time, Elle, L'Express, and PHOTO, and on The Today Show, ABC News, Dateline NBC, and CNN. She lives in New York with her husband and three children.
Praise For Between Here and April…
"Extraordinary . . . fascinating and detailed . . . this is a story that needs to be told."—Elle
— USA Today
“A captivating thriller.”—More magazine
— Rocky Mountain News
“Outstanding . . . a haunting eyes-wide openness.”—Daily Candy
— The Washington Post
"An amalgamation of autobiography, true crime and melodrama. . . . The story is so engaging... a credit to this narrator's wonderfully appealing voice: funny, frustrated, likable, totally candid about her desires and failings...The perfect book club book."—Washington Post
— USA Today
"...a page-turning good read...A tautly written story with sympathetic characters and evocative storytelling." –USA Today
— Elle Magazine
“This exceptional, riveting novel will haunt you long after you've reached the end.”—Rocky Mountain News
— Working Mother
"The perfect book club book...An amalgamation of autobiography, true crime and melodrama...The story is so engaging...A credit to this narrator's wonderfully appealing voice: funny, frustrated, likable, totally candid about her desires and failings." —The Washington Post
"A page-turning good read...A tautly written story with sympathetic characters and evocative storytelling." —USA Today
"Extraordinary...Fascinating and detailed...This is a story that needs to be told." —Elle, #1 Reader's Pick
"[A] haunting page-turner...A compelling look at what it means to be a mother and a wife." —Working Mother