Faithful by Alice Hoffman reinforced my admiration for her work. In this novel, a seventeen-year-old girl named Shelby is driving a car when it hits a patch of ice causing permanent brain damage to her best friend who was riding in the passenger seat. Guilt-ridden Shelby attempts suicide and ends-up in a psychiatric hospital. For many years she continues to feel worthless sabotaging her relationships and any future happiness she might have.
What I like about this book is how real it seems. Occurrences such as these happen every day. After the initial news coverage of such events, people outside of the inner-circle rarely remember or wonder what happened afterward to those involved. Hoffman’s novel tells a touching story of how a tragedy such as this changes lives forever.
Her characters are vivid and believable. Her writing excellent.
This is a moving, memorable novel I recommend.