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Friday, March 30, 2012

Debut Spotlight: Absolution by Patrick Flanery


In her garden, ensconced in the lush vegetation of the Western Cape, Clare Wald, world-renowned author, mother, critic, takes up her pen and confronts her life. Sam Leroux has returned to South Africa to embark upon a project that will establish his reputation – he is to write Clare’s biography. But how honest is she prepared to be? Was she complicit in past crimes; is she an accomplice or a victim? Are her crimes against her family real or imagined? As Sam and Clare turn over the events of her life, she begins to seek reconciliation, absolution. But in the stories she weaves and the truth just below the surface of her shimmering prose, lie Sam’s own ghosts.

Absolution shines light on contemporary South Africa and the long dark shadow of the recent past, the elusive nature of truth and self-perception and the mysterious alchemy of the creative process.


Patrick Flanery was born in California in 1975 and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After earning a BFA in Film from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts he worked for three years in the film industry before moving to the UK, where he completed a doctorate in Twentieth-Century English Literature at the University of Oxford.

He lives in London.


  1. I hadn't heard much about this book, but it does sound rather interesting and like something that I would enjoy. The plot sounds very engaging. Great spotlight today!

  2. The author is fascinating to me! My son who wants to be a filmmaker just left NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has begun working in the film industry. I know he would LOVE to live in London too :)Sounds like an interesting book!

  3. The premise for this is intriguing. And I love a character with deep family secrets and a past that's complicated. Hope you enjoy this once you get a chance to read it.