Absolution, winner of the 2008 Novello Literary Award from North Carolina’s Novello Press was cited by Publisher’s Weekly as an “impressive” debut that “skillfully combines a contemporary courtroom thriller with a subtle look back at the competing passions and pressures of the Vietnam War era… Herin delves deep into questions of guilt and forgiveness while demonstrating a gift for the nuances of personal interactions.”
The novel tells the story of Maggie Delaney, an idealistic wife and mother whose world implodes when her husband is murdered in a seemingly random act. When Maggie attempts to find out what really happened, her search leads her back to her Carolina roots and through the streets of modern-day Boston. In the jungles of Southeast Asia, she uncovers a legacy of secrets about the man she thought she knew – and the troubled world they shared as they came of age in America’s turbulent sixties.
The novel also received Independent Publisher‘s Gold Award for Best Fiction, Southeast Region, and was a Finalist for Foreword Magazine’s 2007 Novel of the Year. In 2020, it was named a Legacy finalist in the Eric Hoffer Awards.