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Scott Esposito and Paula Green Review Absolution by Patrick Flanery

AbsolutionVerdict: one stick, one carrot

Patrick Flanery’s firstnovel, “Absolution,” sets out to combine diverse threads into one gripping plot: rebel activities in apartheid-era South Africa, the fraught relationship between a mother and her murdered daughter, the life of a writer under a regime of censorship and day-to-day living in one of the most economically unequal, dangerous societies in the world.

Patrick Flanery was raised in mid-west America, lives in London and has a doctorate in 20th century English literature from Oxford University. Absolution, his magnificent debut novel, is set in South Africa.

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