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ISBN13: 9781565125629
ISBN10: 1565125622
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"The highest praise I can give Between Here and April is that I had to put it down several times in order to take a deep breath and savor what I had just read. Rarely has a book made me think as deeply, weep as openly, and recommend as heartily as I will Kogan's debut novel."
Recommended by Danielle, Powells.com

"The highest praise I can give Between Here and April is that I had to put it down several times in order to take a deep breath and savor what I had just read. Rarely has a book made me think as deeply, weep as openly, and recommend as heartily as I will Kogan's debut novel."
Recommended by Danielle, Powells.com

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When a deep-rooted 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: April's mother, Adele, drove with her two young daughters deep into the woods where she killed first them and then herself.

Elizabeth, now a mother herself, tracks down everyone — Adele Cassidy's neighbor, her psychiatrist, her sister — who might give her the insight necessary to understand how a mother could commit such a monstrous crime.

Elizabeth's investigation leads her back to herself: her compromised marriage, her demanding children, her increasing self-doubt, her desire for more out of her own life, and finally to a fearsome reckoning with what it means to be a mother and wife.

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What could be better than working as a daredevil photojournalist, jetting around the world's hotspots and sleeping with alluring strangers?

Motherhood, of course. Forget fame, danger and sex: Nothing compares with the thrill of tucking little ones into bed after supper.

Or so Deborah Copaken Kogan told us in "Shutterbabe," her wild 2001 memoir of capturing war photos... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Although the novel's characters hold our interest, Kogan's fiction lacks the fire of her racy memoir, Shutterbabe....She seems more at home writing about real-life international matters than life on the domestic front." Booklist

Review:

"Heartfelt, painful, and almost hypnotically readable." Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon

Review:

"A haunting work of ambition and dimension....This is a big, rich novel that tackles the ambivalence of motherhood full-frontally." Meg Wolitzer, author of The Ten-Year Nap

Synopsis:

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's first book, Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War, was a Barnes and noble discover selection, was serialized in Talkmagazine, and was optioned for film. Her writing and photographs have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Self, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Paris Match, Stern, and der Spiegel. She was an Emmy Awardand-winning television producer at ABC and for Dateline NBC.

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Wendy Robards, July 21, 2009 (view all comments by Wendy Robards)
Elizabeth Burns, a journalist who has given up traveling the world to cover war stories in order to be there for her two children, begins suffering blackouts one day. When medical tests show there is no physical reason for her fainting spells, Elizabeth seeks psychiatric help. What she discovers is a long buried memory of the disappearance of her best friend April when she was six years old. Driven to seek out the truth, Elizabeth begins to research her April’s disappearance and uncovers a horrible truth – the disappearance was actually a murder committed by the girl’s own mother. Elizabeth’s journey to uncover the truth and understand the mind of a woman who would kill her own child opens a floodgate of unresolved issues for Elizabeth – a failing marriage, a brutal gang rape, and questions of her own ability to mother.

Between Here and April is a novel which reaches into the dark recesses of the human mind and looks at one of the most difficult to understand crimes: filicide. Deborah Copaken Kogan brings to the novel her own background of journalism (she is the author of the bestselling memoir Shutterbabe which explored her life as a war photographer), and a history which includes a murdered childhood friend. In mining her own experiences, Kogan brings to her writing an honesty and clarity that transforms the novel into something that feels like a true crime story.

Between Here and April is provocative, tough to read and at times uncomfortable as it explores the subjects of sexual perversity, rape, child abuse, discrimination against women, and the unrelenting demands placed on mothers. Filicide is a crime which is almost unspeakable – and yet Cogan takes this topic head-on and seeks to find empathy for the woman who would be driven to commit such an act.

Cogan’s writing is sharp, intuitive and hypnotic. I always enjoy novels written by journalists who have honed their writing skills to get to the core of the story quickly, and who know how to create tension and conflict between characters. This is not a book for everyone. Many readers will be disturbed by the images Cogan creates. The subject matter will turn many readers off. But, those readers willing to follow Cogan into the darkness will be rewarded with a story not soon forgotten.

Recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781565125629
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Subject:
Literary
Author:
Copaken Kogan, Deborah
Author:
Kogan, Deborah Copaken
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
Missing persons -- Investigation.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
September 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
277
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Between Here and April
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Product details 277 pages Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - English 9781565125629 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"The highest praise I can give Between Here and April is that I had to put it down several times in order to take a deep breath and savor what I had just read. Rarely has a book made me think as deeply, weep as openly, and recommend as heartily as I will Kogan's debut novel."

"Staff Pick" by ,

"The highest praise I can give Between Here and April is that I had to put it down several times in order to take a deep breath and savor what I had just read. Rarely has a book made me think as deeply, weep as openly, and recommend as heartily as I will Kogan's debut novel."

"Review" by , "Although the novel's characters hold our interest, Kogan's fiction lacks the fire of her racy memoir, Shutterbabe....She seems more at home writing about real-life international matters than life on the domestic front."
"Review" by , "Heartfelt, painful, and almost hypnotically readable."
"Review" by , "A haunting work of ambition and dimension....This is a big, rich novel that tackles the ambivalence of motherhood full-frontally."
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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