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Tears of the moon
Ross, Gary, 1948-
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Markham, Ont. : Viking, 1988.
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Booklist Review

Owen Wesley, businessman turned convict serving time for the death of his common-law wife, recounts his engrossing story from four different perspectives: through a day-by-day account of the horrors of prison life; by recalling his closeness with his brother and his hostility toward his father; from recollections of his involvement with Angela and his affair with Marnie; and through dialogues with his therapist, in which he attempts to come to terms with his failed love and with his existence as a prisoner. Canadian author Ross expertly weaves the strands of his protagonist's searching and suffering, raising questions concerning Owen's role in Angela's death (Was it murder or suicide?) and building suspense as the day of his parole hearing approaches. The title, a reference to the costly and symbolic string of pearls Owen purchased on borrowed funds for Angela, represents the metaphoric beauty of this poetic yet often brutal novel. BAS.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Convicted of murdering his common-law wife Angela, Owen Wesley insists on his innocence to prison psychiatrist Ron Yoshino. Did she leap to her death, or did he push her, enraged by her affair with another man? Cleverly cast in the form of Owen's lyrical, staccato-voiced prison journal, this convincing novel oscillates between therapy sessions and graphic scenes of life behind bars, as the reader gropes for an answer along with Owen's therapist. A man detached from his own feelings, Owen must come to terms with his empty marriage, hatred of his violent-tempered father, his own romantic affair, homoerotic impulses for another inmate and sibling rivalry with his solicitous older brother Jay. While the meandering psychoanalysis eventually bogs down, the author provides compensation through insightful portrayals of the prisoners, among them a heroin addict, a kidnapper and the perpetrator of a voyeuristic telephone hoax. Novelist Ross ( Always Tip the Dealer ), who also wrote the nonfiction crime book Stung , brings a sense of urgency to Owen's poignant confessional. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved