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ISBN13: 9780385478007
ISBN10: 0385478003
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Mikal Gilmore's family history is a ghost that lingers long after you close the cover. His brother Gary's infamous choice to pay an eye for an eye after murdering two young Mormon men was the grain of sand in the oyster that is Norman Mailer's Executioner's Song. The story is about the entire family (four boys, their sad mother, their abusive father) and is sweet and horrific at the same time. A look at Portland, Oregon, in the 1950s and a history of blood-letting complete this intriguing and very American true story. Recommended by Amy

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"Remarkable, astonishing...Shot in the Heart reads like a combination of Brothers Karamazov and a series of Johnny Cash ballads...chilling, heartbreaking, and alarming." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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"Mesmerizing...riveting and immensely moving...Shot in the Heart is a gesture of sustained courage that just happens to be a page-turner." Daphne Merkin, The New Yorker

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"Mikal Gilmore's triumph is that he pushes his readers beyond being helplessly enthralled witnesses to the point where, with him, we might consider not only that violence and evil do exist within the limits of predictable human behavior, but that there is evidence of another equally mysterious force, which some of us would call grace: the same grace that impelled Mikal Gilmore to take up a pen instead of a gun and to write a very difficult memoir with generosity and compassion. This may not be redemption, but it is better than mere survival." New York Times Book Review, Kathryn Harrison

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"Impossible to put down...Shot in the Heart can rightfully be placed alongside the best of this generation's harrowing family memoirs." John Schulian, Los Angeles Times

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mcm0025, January 11, 2009 (view all comments by mcm0025)
I read this book a few years ago, but it has stayed with me. The family background is such that it was no wonder that the sons turned out the way they did.
Except for the last boy, they were abused by their father. It is an interesting book, but sad and tragic for this family and the brother who is left behind.
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Book Monkey, April 4, 2006 (view all comments by Book Monkey)
A fantastic true story that'll make you reconsider how you raise your children.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385478007
Author:
Gilmore, Mikal
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Gilmore
Author:
Mikal Gilmore
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Specific Groups - Criminals
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Sociologists
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Violence -- United States -- Case studies.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Murder -- United States.
Subject:
Violence -- United States.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
TRUE CRIME / Murder/General
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Crime-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19950831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.02x5.30x1.13 in. .77 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780385478007 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Remarkable, astonishing...Shot in the Heart reads like a combination of Brothers Karamazov and a series of Johnny Cash ballads...chilling, heartbreaking, and alarming."
"Review" by , "Mesmerizing...riveting and immensely moving...Shot in the Heart is a gesture of sustained courage that just happens to be a page-turner."
"Review" by , "Mikal Gilmore's triumph is that he pushes his readers beyond being helplessly enthralled witnesses to the point where, with him, we might consider not only that violence and evil do exist within the limits of predictable human behavior, but that there is evidence of another equally mysterious force, which some of us would call grace: the same grace that impelled Mikal Gilmore to take up a pen instead of a gun and to write a very difficult memoir with generosity and compassion. This may not be redemption, but it is better than mere survival."
"Review" by , "Impossible to put down...Shot in the Heart can rightfully be placed alongside the best of this generation's harrowing family memoirs."
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