In her latest ripped-from-the-headlines tour de force, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences. Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity-the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for. Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends' couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen's and Jenny's lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another. A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.
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"Telling the story from dual points of view, Kate Rudd and Tanya Eby narrate alternating chapters, each giving emotional depth to GudenkaufÕs characters. After Ellen, a social worker, accidentally locks her child in a car on a hot day, Rudd evokes the utter exhaustion and bewilderment that she faces as she battles to save her job, her family, and her sanity. RuddÕs emotionally wrought reading is well balanced with EbyÕs reserved portrayal of 10-year-old Jenny, who suffers mentally after a horrific childhood beating. EbyÕs youthful voice embodies JennyÕs ingrained distrust of authority and incongruous maturity as she attempts to survive on her own in an unfamiliar city. Together, both narrators weave a tense and heartbreaking story. J.M. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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