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The rest of her life
Laura Moriarty
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Summary: In The Rest of Her Life, Laura Moriarty delivers a luminous, compassionate, and provocative look at how mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to one another. Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy -- the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community. We see the story from Leigh's perspective, as she grapples with the hard reality of what her daughter has done and the devastating consequences her actions have on the family of another teenage girl in town, all while struggling to protect Kara in the face of rising public outcry. Like the best works of Jane Hamilton, Jodi Picoult, and Alice Sebold, Laura Moriarty's The Rest of Her Life is a novel of complex moral dilemma, filled with nuanced characters and a page-turning plot that makes readers ask themselves, "What would I do"


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main characters Leigh
Female
Married
Married to a college professor; junior high school teacher; spent much of her adult life trying to distance herself from her dusfunctional childhood; has two children; resents her husband; raised by her single mother along with a troubled sister.

Kara
Female
Age: 18
Leigh's daughter; distant; accidentally hits and kills another high school student with the family car.
Student

Justin
Male
Keigh's son; Kara's younger brother; sensitive.
Student



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