Saturday, September 1, 2018

Nine novels that challenge us to see the humanity in everyone

Sheena Kamal was born in the Caribbean and immigrated to Canada as a child. She holds an HBA in political science from the University of Toronto, and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness.

The Lost Ones/Eyes Like Mine is her debut novel. The sequel It All Falls Down was released earlier this year.

Prior to writing novels, Kamal worked as a crime and investigative journalism researcher for the film and television industry--among other rather unsavory professions.

At CrimeReads Kamal tagged nine novels that teach us empathy, including:
What Remains Of Me, by Alison Gaylin

Gaylin’s novel is about a woman who was convicted for a high profile murder that occurred when she was a teenager. Now that she’s out, she is drawn into another murder investigation that mimics the killing she was convicted for. It’s difficult to feel for a woman so cold, for a convicted criminal, but this book masterfully draws you in and paints a portrait of a complicated, tragic heroine. By the end, you realize perhaps it doesn’t matter that she’s a murderess. Perhaps she was even justified.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Page 69 Test: What Remains of Me.

--Marshal Zeringue