Now & Again by Charlotte Rogan review – the price of morality

A woman glimpses secret documents at a munitions plant and is faced with a profound moral quandary in this confident followup to The Lifeboat American author Charlotte Rogan’s widely praised first novel, The Lifeboat, took a bare minimum of pages to wreck a passenger liner, set 39 people adrift in an overfilled lifeboat on the Atlantic ocean, and force them to ask the big questions. What to do if the choice is between one’s own survival or the survival of the majority? Who lives and who dies? Her second novel takes an even shorter time to set the questions running. We meet Maggie Rayburn at the same moment in which she sees a secret document on her boss’s desk; she works at a munitions plant that, among other things, makes shells containing depleted uranium. “Discredit the doctors,” she reads. “Flood the system with contradictory reports.” What should she do? Continue reading...