Speed of Mercy by Christy Ann Conlin


The Speed of Mercy captures the unbearable cost of childhood betrayal and what happens when history is suppressed, our past is forgotten — yet finding the truth can change the future. Christy Ann Conlin rips into the myths and stereotypes about older women and those on the edge of conventional society to reveal the timeless gift of mercy in this feminist tour de force.

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Stella Sprague is mute and has lived at the Jericho Care Centre for most of her adult life. With no family around and a scattered memory, she draws comfort and a sense of protection from the beauty of the dramatic seasons, daily rituals, and her abiding friendship with Dianne, a wise and hilarious elderly resident. When a young woman on the trail of a cold case shows up asking questions, Stella’s quiet life as she knows it is over, and she decides to run to the ocean and take shelter in an old family cottage. She may not be able to remember what happened in the summer of 1980 — the summer when as a thirteen-year-old she forged a pact with her best friend and uncovered a dark family secret of murder — but it is becoming impossible to deny that someone else does. Unlikely friendships and unusual heroes show Stella that while she can’t change the past, she might be able to discover her true inheritance and change the future.

Speed of Mercy by Christy Ann Conlin
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