Under the Rose

Under the Rose
A Confession
Flavia Alaya
The Feminist Press, $25.95, 400 pp.

Things happen. Someone writes a version of events and it becomes history’s first draft. Even when you have personally watched "things happen," there will be eye openers when you see them in print. The story we have told ourselves (and others) and the version we finally read will have a core resemblance, but then diverge in critically important details. Minor ones come to the fore, new ones appear, while others are lost. Notice how the...

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Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages and blogs at dotCommonweal.