The Life We Bury
Book Review - The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
Remember in college when you got an assignment that asked you to interview a stranger and write an essay about it? So you asked a friend of a friend (hey, you don't know the person), do you a quick interview, and you're done with it? That's what I would have done. Instead, Joe Talbert goes to the local nursing home looking for a willing subject. In undergrad I never would have had the courage to walk into a nursing home and ask strangers to answer questions...I didn't learn to do that until grad school. Anyway, at the nursing home Joe meets Carl Iverson, a man who was convicted of murdering a young girl, but who maintains his innocence. IF I had made it as far as walking into the nursing home and asking for willing subjects, I'm pretty sure I would have avoided Carl Iverson.
But I'm glad Joe had more guts that I would have, because it made for a great novel! It was a quick and easy read, a compelling story with several interesting plot lines.
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