A Novel Excerpt

by Karen Peterson
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Vivid, compelling, enraging, and yes, inevitable. The character of the judge was very much of his own time, yet so recognizable in his cowardice, his bantam self-importance and imagined slights. Every word rang true, chillingly so, even the small domestic detail. I want to know the rest of the story.

Would love to read this when it is completed. Very anxious to know what happens.

I'm on the edge of my seat here! Karen, this is wonderful storytelling-- it's exciting and the narrative force is so well done. Personally, I can't wait for the next installment. Particularly nice to meet again on the page, as it were. Good luck with this. I think it's amazing. Congratulations.

This section of the novel is vivid and disturbing. It is cinematic. I imagine the camera panning and as it does the whole story looks different from every angle it rests in. I am fascinated to watch ideas of what is happening and allegiances changing paragraph by paragraph, so much movement so quickly.

This story transports the reader to another time and place, but the issues it raises are utterly relevant to our current public debate. It is a compelling account of a personal tragedy and the role of justice in our society.

Karen's beautifully written first chapter grabs your attention. All of the characters are very interesting and makes one want to know more about them and their personal stories. It has been a long time since a book has made me want to drop everything and just keep reading. This story seems to have that potential. Keep writing, Karen--there is an audience waiting.

The weight of this chapter remains with me hours after reading it and compels me to seek a discussion on the issues of social justice and inequity. The setting and the time period are fascinating indeed. I am looking forward to reading more!

I should have known by the title what was going to happen, yet I still held out hope for Peggy. Alas, this is how the world truly is, as pointed out by Nathan.

Good stuff; well written and captivating.

I love the story. Thanks. I am looking forward to reading more.