Charlotte Observer

War often divides families, and in Miriam Herin’s timely first novel, “Absolution,” the effects of Vietnam cast a long shadow over the lives of Richard and Maggie Delaney…. Herin’s straightforward prose is well suited for the book’s emotionally charged subject matter, and the chapters in which Maggie meets with Pete Fellows deliver both beautiful and harrowing details of life for soldiers stationed in the remote regions of Vietnam…. “Absolution” reminds us that internal wars are often the ones hardest fought.

Tamara Titus, The Charlotte Observer