Friday, September 26, 2008

Lake News - Barbara Delinsky

Another wonderful novel from Ms. Delinsky.

The main character is Lily Blake, a talented singer who shuns the limelight and cherishes her privacy. Tricked by a reporter into unwittingly giving an interview about her friendship with a a newly appointed Cardinal, she is accused of having had an affair with him.

Lily becomes a pariah and suffers the ultimate violation of her privacy as headlines all across the country proclaim her guilt. Hounded by the press, fired from her job, deprived of all public freedom, She returns in secret to her hometown of Lake Henry, in a remote, beautiful part of New Hampshire.
But returning to her birthplace and her family is not without its own stress and pain.

Driven by the need to exact justice -- and, for herself, some kind of closure -- from the media that changed her life forever, Lily forms an uneasy alliance with John Kipling, a journalist who was born and raised in Lake Henry's poorest neighborhood. His successful career as a big-city reporter has ended disastrously, and John has come back home to edit the local newspaper, Lake News. At first he sees Lily as a victim, as well as a subject for the book he hopes to write. But soon she becomes someone whose appeal -- and cause -- he cannot deny, even at the risk of taking on his former colleagues in her defense.

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