Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ten top books about miscarriages of justice

Julia Dahl's latest book in the Rebekah Roberts series is Conviction. One of the author's top ten books about miscarriages of justice, as shared at the Guardian:
Atonement by Ian McEwan

One of the most common causes of wrongful convictions is faulty eyewitness testimony. But that knowledge doesn’t tell us why or how someone could make such a major mistake. In Atonement, however, we get to go inside the mind of a 13-year-old girl whose misidentification destroys lives. McEwan’s portrait of Briony strikes an impressive balance between being compassionate and critical. Like most of us, Briony is hard to love but also hard to hate.
Read about another entry on the list.

Atonement also appears on Tim Lott's top ten list of summers in fiction, Ellen McCarthy's list of six favorite books about weddings and marriage, David Treuer's six favorite books list, Kirkus Reviews's list of eleven books whose final pages will shock you, Nicole Hill's list of eleven books in which the main character dies, Isla Blair's six best books list, Jessica Soffer's top ten list of book endings, Jane Ciabattari's list of five masterpieces of fiction that also worked as films, and on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best birthday parties in literature, ten of the best misdirected messages in literature, ten of the best scenes on London Underground, ten of the best breakages in literature, ten of the best weddings in literature, and ten of the best identical twins in fiction. It is one of Stephanie Beacham's six best books.

--Marshal Zeringue