MOM KNOWS IT ALL 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – In Defense Of Guilt
Books make a great holiday gift for people who enjoy reading. A good book may let you escape a bit, or it may get your mind thinking. A really good book does both If you or someone you’re shopping for this holiday seaon enjoys legal novels then you’ll want to check out this new title by Benjamin Berkley, “In Defense Of guilt”.
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- Author: Benjamin H Berkley
- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: Koehler Books (October 24, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 163393652X
- ISBN-13: 978-1633936522
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Representing a man accused of throwing his wife overboard, chic attorney Lauren Hill begins to artfully present her case. But when Judge Howell seems to morph into God, Lauren’s life of infidelity, poor parenthood, and self-absorption is questioned by the Almighty, who charges Lauren with committing the seven deadly sins. But is this real or fantasy? Is Lauren on the edge of a nervous breakdown, or is God presiding and ultimately deciding Lauren’s fate? In Defense of Guilt is a gripping story of self-discovery, justice, and ultimately about love.
The book imagines what might happen if you were forced to come face to face with your sins—and be judged for them. In a revelatory novel that will keep readers turning pages from the first word, Berkley subtly reminds us that in the end, we’re all dispensable, and it’s important to live each day with that in mind.
About the Author:
From as far back as he can remember Benjamin Berkley was always fascinated by law. Growing up in Long Beach, New York, his daily schedule revolved around grainy black and white reruns of Perry Mason, who with the help of Della Street, solved the most complicated of crimes imaginable – wining cases for their all but convicted clients. It came as no surprise to his family and friends that upon high school graduation, young Berkley chose law as his career path.
After years of intense study, Berkley earned his Juris Doctorate degree and has practiced law for over forty years. In Defense of Guilt (2018) is Benjamin Berkley’s second novel. He is also the author of four self-help books as well as his first novel, Against My Will, (2012) and is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post. Berkley lives in southern California with his wife Phyllis and their cat Riley. He has two grown children and is always bragging about his five amazing grandchildren.
Q&A WITH BENJAMIN H. BERKLEY, AUTHOR OF IN DEFENSE OF GUILT
Question: What inspired you to write In Defense of Guilt?
Benjamin H. Berkley: I have known too many friends and colleagues who were workaholics; sacrificing time they would’ve had with their families. Then, a divorce occurs, or there is a medical crisis, and they wake up and wonder where the time went and lament that they cannot get it back. Lauren, the main character in the novel, is a lawyer who has never lost a case, and is forced to reckon with this same problem—in an unexpected way!
Q: What sets In Defense of Guilt apart from other novels?
Berkley: Although the principal location is a Los Angeles courtroom, and the novel is ostensibly about a case where a man is accused of throwing his wife overboard a boat, the defense attorney is ultimately turned into the defendant and the presiding judge morphs into God. I think that’s pretty unique.
Q: In Defense of Guilt tackles real life themes about family, love, and justice. Why do you think it is important for there to be books that acknowledge these themes?
Berkley: Life is a daily struggle for survival for all of us, and there are no shortcuts. We are all trying to figure out how to have it all, but in the end the only way to have a successful career and family is by learning to compromise and live according to our own moral code in the best way we can. Life is a balancing act and, when push comes to shove, justice and what is right always prevails.
Q: As both a layer and storyteller, did you find yourself basing characters in your book on real life people you’ve encountered?
Berkley: The book is loosely based on my experiences representing clients and the judges I have appeared before. I’ve woven pieces from real people together and turned them into stories. I’ve always been a great storyteller, but some of the best stories that I tell cannot be made up. They are too crazy to be anything but real.
Q: If you hadn’t been an attorney and author, what career path would you have taken?
Berkley: A life on the stage! I wanted to sing and act, I was in all of my high school and college productions. I also dreamed of playing center field for the New York Yankees.