Marilynn Rosenthal is on an obsessive quest for the truth. Trying to understand her son’s death, she even travels to the United Arab Emirates in search of the mother of one of her son’s murderers.

We admired the evocative reconstructive details in this piece: the cool tiles beneath Marilynn’s feet, the heavy sensation of a plane landing. But what carries the piece is its intelligent psychological portrayal. The portrayal is probing, unflinching, and yet compassionate, rich in particular and striking insights into an unusual woman’s unique struggle.

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