Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Thousand Pardons - A Book Review

I enjoyed The Privileges by Jonathan Dee a few years ago and was anxious to read his latest novel A Thousand Pardons. What happens when a person does something out of character? After the fall-out from her husband's poor choices, Helen becomes a single working mom living in Manhattan with her daughter. Working for the first time in years, Helen discovers a talent for helping men apologize for their mistakes and she quickly becomes a star in the crisis management department for a PR firm. While Helen focuses on the crises of others, she is finally able to find peace in the upheaval of her own life.

Dee has his finger on the problems that plague our current society. He explores the consequences of choices and people's ability to forgive within the framework of a well-plotted, entertaining story. Up-to-date on pop culture and current events, Dee writes novels specific for this era. Just as Kerouac's On The Road or Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath helped define their generations, Dee's novels will undoubtedly be remembered for describing the ills and triumphs of the early twenty first century.

However, the ending ties everything up a bit too neatly and too quickly. There is some bad language throughout the novel that some of my readers may find offensive. 

**I received a complimentary copy of A Thousand Pardons in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. **

1 comment:

Stacy at The Novel Life said...

what an interesting concept for a novel! It does sound fascinating!