Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own—between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.

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  • Sue W.

    Hi all. I'm still happy to 'lead' the discussion at our February meetup. Sorry not to get to see you all this time. I loved Defending Jacob and Cutting for Stone seems to be an equally fascinating book so far, can't wait to discuss it.

    Sue x

    January 12, 2014

  • Maggie W

    Hi Jenny W. Sue Woodger has already volunteered to be the discussion leader fot our next book.
    Cheers,
    Maggie

    January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for a great discussion around "Defending Jacob"! Is anyone interested in preparing a few questions and lead our next book discussion (Cutting for Stone)?

    January 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, I would like to:-)

      1 · January 11, 2014

  • Haydee L.

    It was a very enjoyable evening, great book for discussion. Thank you to each and all attendees and welcome new members.

    January 10, 2014

  • Brenda C.

    We had a great time and it was so much fun meeting our new members, too! We talked about the book the entire time and had a very lively conversation. I am looking forward to our next one, for sure! Thanks everyone!

    January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really missed getting together with you all last night and hearing everyone's comments. Jenny -- the truffles were lethally delicious. Thanks for such a nice treat!

    January 9, 2014

  • kathleen s.

    I loved the book ! It was a really fast read. I am so sorry I can not attend tonight as I had planned. I know you will have a great discussion. Have fun!

    January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Managed to finish reading the book in 2 days and loved it! Awesome choice! Looking forward to meet everyone:-)

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • Amy K.

      I read it in 2 days also. What a page turner!

      1 · January 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It took me 3 days to listen on tape. My dog got lots of walks so I could keep listening and meandering around my neighborhood. Great book choice.

      1 · January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would so like to be there but won't be able to. Darn! The book is great, kind of fiendishly ingenious and thriller-like but thoughtful at the same time. I will read more of his stuff. Have a great time, everyone!

    January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I ve recently joined this group and am getting the book today...surely will not be able to finish it. Maybe I will try and grasp it a bit so that all the chatting at least sounds like English to me:-)

    January 6, 2014

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