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A Thousand Pardons

A Novel
Dee, Jonathan (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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What do we really want when we ask for forgiveness? Ben, a partner in a prestigious law firm, has become unpredictable at work and withdrawn at home. The change weighs heavily on his wife, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in one afternoon, Ben's recklessness takes an alarming turn, and everything the Armsteads have built together unravels. As she is confronted with the biggest case of her career, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara's increasingly distant behavior, Helen must face the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness. Forced back into the working world after her lawyer husband's downfall, Helen discovers a talent for public relations and is tempted away from her dysfunctional family by her childhood crush, who needs her professional assistance.
Authors: Dee, Jonathan
Title: A thousand pardons
a novel
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 214 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: What do we really want when we ask for forgiveness? Ben, a partner in a prestigious law firm, has become unpredictable at work and withdrawn at home. The change weighs heavily on his wife, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in one afternoon, Ben's recklessness takes an alarming turn, and everything the Armsteads have built together unravels. As she is confronted with the biggest case of her career, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara's increasingly distant behavior, Helen must face the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness.
Forced back into the working world after her lawyer husband's downfall, Helen discovers a talent for public relations and is tempted away from her dysfunctional family by her childhood crush, who needs her professional assistance.
Local Note: 15 16 17 18 35 53 79 80 97 102 112 118 133 138 143 148 149 151 152 172 173 182 198 203 210 211 216 222 226 228 231 242 243 244 245 250
ISBN: 0812993217
9780812993219
Statement of Responsibility: Jonathan Dee
Subject Headings: Political corruption Fiction. Corporations Corrupt practices Fiction. Man-woman relationships Fiction. Businesswomen Fiction. Divorced women Fiction.
Genre/Form: Miscellaneous fiction.
Topical Term: Political corruption
Corporations
Man-woman relationships
Businesswomen
Divorced women
LCCN: 2012018513
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"Deeply depressed, corporate lawyer Ben Armstead begins a spectacular downfall when he is accused of rape and drunk driving, loses his job, and checks into rehab. Their assets frozen in the resulting divorce proceedings, his wife, Helen, lucks into a job in PR, at which she proves to be quite talented. Her secret is to convince people to apologise, and her belief that what people do best of all is forgive is borne out in the first of many successes. A "page turner without sacrificing a smidgen of psychological insight" (Kirkus Reviews), this literary novel reflects not only on the ways in which public opinion can be manipulated, but on the challenges of personal relationships as well." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=622464

The author of The privileges is an expert on how affluent Americans live. This one is about a couple whose marriage falls apart with the husband self destructing and ended up in jail and rehab. The wife turns out to be an expert in crisis management and gets a top career in public penance for business people. An original look at the American PR world. Review by Philip Tew, fiction selector.

The author of The privileges is an expert on how affluent Americans live. This one is about a couple whose marriage falls apart with the husband self destructing and ended up in jail and rehab. The wife turns out to be an expert in crisis management and gets a top career in public penance for business people. An original look at the American PR world.

Nov 25, 2013
  • calvoer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Though completely contemporary, this literary novel overall feels like an old fashioned parable with a message about evil in its various present day forms and how a person ought to respond, or at least find safety. Something about it doesn’t quite work, as if it were a quick sketch for a longer novel. Would be great for a book group.

Oct 20, 2013
  • callaottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good read with believeable characters that you care about. Interesting setting in crisis management and a nice twist to the ending. 7/10

Woman dumps cheating husband & moves on successfully, but for a surly adopted daughter. Good read.

Jun 23, 2013
  • writermala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"A thousand pardons," is for the most part a family drama. However, at the end it turns into a literary thriller and the author Jonathan Dee manages to weave the mystery into the plot quite seamlessly. The characters in the story are Helen, Ben and their adopted daughter. The family threads are unraveled by Ben and Helen becomes the strong sustaining parent by moving to Manhattan and finding a job at which she excels. When her past reappears in the form of an actor Helen is suddenly asked to cope with a lot and the reader keeps turning pages to see how Helen manages.

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Oct 20, 2013
  • callaottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

callaottawa thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 40 and 65

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