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By Joyce Maynard

At the evening sooner than Mother's Day, 2004, instructor and mother-of-two Nancy Seaman drove via a hurricane to domestic Depot and purchased a hatchet. 3 days later, the physique of her husband, Bob, was once chanced on behind her SUV, hacked and stabbed to dying. those evidence are usually not in dispute; the query is, How did it occur? Did Nancy homicide her husband while he requested for a divorce, or was once she a battered lady who killed in self-defense? Even the relations used to be cut up at the resolution, with older son Jeff definite his father used to be murdered in chilly blood and more youthful son Greg both convinced his mom used to be telling the reality. Maynard (To Die For), who used to be struck through similarities among her existence and Nancy's, tells the complicated tale of a desperately unsatisfied marriage. notwithstanding she used to be not able to get Nancy or such a lot of her speedy kinfolk to speak to her, Maynard turns out to have shaped a shockingly whole photograph in their lives. Her meditations at the parallels among her family members and the Seamans usually are not compelling yet do not detract from a gripping tale.

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Like his father (whom he resembled strongly, with his compact, stocky build and his confident manner that left some people viewing him as a know-it-all), Jeff could make his way around any engine and maintained a set of tools as extensive as that of many professional mechanics, as well as his own hydraulic lift. He and his father attended Tigers games or watched them together on TV, and hung out on Bob’s boat, the Liberty, moored in Grosse Pointe. But Jeff spent time with his mother too: he and his wife of two years, Becka (also trained as an engineer), had lunch with Nancy almost every Saturday, and Becka and Nancy would often go shopping together afterward.

Meanwhile, Jeff didn’t hear anything from his father and couldn’t reach him. Later, he would recount the events of those days in his typical engineer’s style, one of which he described as follows: [Monday:] Stopped in the office to check e-mail . . headed to Dearborn Proving Grounds to begin testing and get fuel for the Explorer that I had checked out over the weekend. M. . went to the test track to work on inferred barometric pressure calibration and speed control calibration. Ate salad for lunch.

The couple had two children—Nancy and her younger brother, John. They lived in a tiny brick bungalow on Merrill Street, identical to every other house on the block; and like every other house on this block and every other block on every other street in town, the mortgage contained a racial covenant, prohibiting the sale of the home to Jews or Negroes. These were the years of the Detroit race riots (beginning with the terrible summer of 1967, when you could smell smoke and see flames nearly every night).

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