November 11, 2010

The Death of Donna Whalen, by Michael Winter

This is a powerful book. Michael Winter took court transcripts, police wiretaps, television news reports, and more to create a tale of a murder that really happened in Newfoundland. He changed the names (Donna Whalen was actually Brenda Young), and as writers will, condensed some characters and things like that, but the story is essentially true. It's fascinating to read how the people involved changed their stories to suit themselves. The story is told in their words, through their testimony. No commentary. It's unconventional and it works.

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