"The Sins of the Past" - Globe and Mail Review - This Innocent Corner
Although it shouldn’t be, forgiveness is an imperfect value. It requires itchy self-examination in both giving and receiving, and it needs perpetual re-examination to stay affirmed.
So it is for Robin, the cranky 50-year-old widow and estranged mother in West Coast author Peggy Herring’s first novel, This Innocent Corner.
Set in the months before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the novel follows Robin as she returns to Dhaka, where she had spent a year in the early 1970s, living with a family as an exchange student. That was a tumultuous year for Bangladesh, as it strove to break away from its bonds as East Pakistan.