Monday, April 6, 2009

Testimony by Anita Shreve * * * * *

A small private high school in Vermont, girls, boys, alcohol, hormones, video cameras, Internet.

Surely you can see where this is going. Testimony by Anita Shreve gets there in the opening chapter when the Avery Academy headmaster views the explicit video record of the incident - a freshman girl and three senior boys.

From this starting point, the story moves forward and flashes back to explore the causes and implications of this fifteen-minutes of fame for these four unfortunate (this is, at it core, a cautionary morality tale) students. The author deftly moves between characters and times to weave a story of small, it seemed like a good idea at the time, decisions that inevitably, inextricably lead to disaster.

A fascinating study of cause and effect, fate and choice.

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