by Sukey HowardSeptember, 2006
Before and after
On June 22, 1977, the seventh day of their cross-country bike trip, Terri Jentz and her Yale roommate pitched their tent in a small park in central Oregon. Just before midnight someone deliberately drove over their tent and attacked them with an ax life now would always be before and after. Never solved, the case was closed, but it remained open in the scars etched into Terri's skin and psyche. She went back to Oregon 15 years later to find out who did it and why he was never prosecuted, hoping to break out of the claustrophobic confines of her memory, to make after a bearable place to be. Strange Piece of Paradise, read by Margaret Colin, is both Terri's brave, mesmerizing memoir and a true-crime story that will raise your hackles and questions about our violence-tolerant society.