I facilitate two book clubs so that is a total of 20 women who have been meeting for about 10 years. We NEVER all agree on a book. There is always at least one or two people with strong opinions that are opposite of the rest of the group. But now something amazing has happened - everyone that read "The Life We Bury" loved the book.
Allen Eskens' book was a 2015 Edgar Award Finalist for best first novel. This book has everything but all I'll tell you is what I read about it before picking it as a book club selection. The less you know the better the reading experience. You will be completely absorbed by the first paragraph. The voice of the student is that engaging and likable.
This is all you need to know: "College student Joe Talbert has an assignment to interview a stranger and write a brief biography. With deadlines looming, he heads to a nearby nursing home. Carl Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran -- and a convicted murderer. Writing about him, Joe can't reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict, and tries to uncover the truth."
Be prepared to be totally absorbed.