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Read William Landay's "Defending Jacob"

Our fiction book selection for March is William Landay's "Defending Jacob" (432 pp, 2012).'s description of the book: "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.

Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control."

Members of the book group who have read this book tell me that there's lots to discuss, many interesting talking points that come up as one reads this book.

At our monthly meetings at Panera Bread, we alternate between reading fiction and non-fiction books.

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  • Kathleen A.

    This book was riveting for all of us. Lots to discuss, lively meeting.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't finish book yet.

    March 12, 2013

  • Diane

    Wish I had a chance to read this one. This will change after June, but right now, my Wednesdays are committed. I am looking forward to returning to this group of fascinating and diversified thinkers.

    March 7, 2013

  • Adrianne C.

    Re: Defending Jacob: Funny you should ask, Kathy. It seems that these parents' philosophy of modern, "hands off"parenting enables them to allow their son's activities to go completely under the radar. How little they really know. This makes this book a real page-turner...Adrianne

    March 1, 2013

    • Gianna B

      It's amazing how such knowledgeable parents could enable their kid but basically this book was a page turner and I can't wait to discuss it

      March 7, 2013

  • Kathleen A.

    Aack! I don't know what page I'm on, but the Kindle says I'm 20% through. Why didn't the parents ask whether or not Jacob lent the knife to anyone? Don't tell me, but in a book that you know has twists and turns, it becomes agonizing!

    March 1, 2013

    • Anne

      I agree, half way through the book and wondering what twist comes next.

      March 1, 2013

  • mariel j.

    My first meetup too. Look forward to it. Does anyone have copies of any Malcolm Gladwell books? I want to donate them to Hospice. Caregivers and the patients, can get inspired, and do.


    February 14, 2013

  • Dana K.

    My first meetup with this group. Looking forward to it!

    January 31, 2013

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