Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Visiting Hours

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy E. Butcher

Synopsis from the publisher:
With echoes of Darin Strauss’s Half a Life and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild comes a beautifully written, riveting memoir that examines the complexities of friendship in the aftermath of a tragedy.
Four weeks before their college graduation, twenty-one-year-old Kevin Schaeffer walked Amy Butcher to her home in their college town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Hours after parting ways with Amy, he fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend, Emily Silverstein. While awaiting trial, psychiatrists concluded that he had suffered an acute psychotic break. Amy was severely affected by Kevin’s crime but remained devoted to him as a friend. Over time, she became obsessed—determined to discover the narrative that explained what Kevin had done, believing that Kevin’s actions were the direct result of his untreated illness. The tragedy deeply shook her concept of reality, disrupted her sense of right and wrong, and dismantled every conceivable notion she’d
established about herself and her relation to the world. Amy eventually realized that she’d never have the answers, or find personal peace, unless she went after it herself. She drove across the country back to Gettysburg—the first time in three years after graduation—to sift through two hundred pages of public records: mental health evaluations, detectives’ notes, inventories of evidence, search warrants, testimonies, and even Kevin’s own confession.

This is Amy Butcher’s deeply personal, heart-wrenching account of the consequence of failing her friend when she felt he needed one most. It’s the story of how trauma affects memory and the way a friendship changes and often strengthens through seemingly insurmountable challenges. Ultimately, it’s a powerful testament to the bonds we share with others and the profound resiliency and strength of the human spirit.

Publishing April 7, 2015 by Blue Rider Press.


Kay said...

This book sounds very sad and almost like fiction. What a story.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Wow, this does sound like one I would enjoy! Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE THIRD WIFE”

CraftyOtakuReader said...

I hope you enjoy the book!

My WoW: http://onceuntold.blogspot.com/2015/04/waiting-on-wednesday-hard-to-be-good.html