A prayer for the dying: a novel

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Henry Holt,
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1st ed.
A Prayer for the Dying is Stewart O'Nan's most astounding achievement yet, a sunlit Gothic painted in shimmering prose that darkens the further you go into it, until, as in the best Poe and Flannery O'Connor, there is no turning back.Set in a leafy Wisconsin town just after the Civil War, A Prayer for the Dying opens harmlessly on a languid summer day; only slowly do events reveal themselves as sinister, blooming gently into a shared nightmare, as one neighbor after another succumbs to a creeping, always fatal disease. Our sole witness to this epidemic is Jacob Hansen, Friendship's sheriff, undertaker, and pastor. As the disease engulfs the town, Jacob must find a humane way to govern, as well as take care of his wife and baby daughter, though there seems no way to save those he loves short of calling a full quarantine and boarding up the sick in their houses. And what of the tramps slipping nightly through the tinder-dry woods, the spiritualists from the city camped on the edge of town with their charismatic leader Chase? Who-will bury the dead properly, if not Jacob?Dark, poetic, and chilling, A Prayer for the Dying asks if it's possible to be a good man in a time of madness. It confirms what some readers have known all along: Stewart O'Nan is not merely one of the best young novelists in America, but one of the finest novelists of our time.
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subject_facet Bereavement -- Wisconsin -- Friendship -- Fiction, Despair -- Fiction, Diphtheria -- Wisconsin -- Friendship -- Fiction, Domestic fiction, Epidemics -- Wisconsin -- Friendship -- Fiction, Families -- Wisconsin -- Friendship -- Fiction, Friendship (Wis.) -- Fiction, Historical fiction, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans -- Fiction, Wildfires -- Wisconsin -- Friendship -- Fiction
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topic_facet Bereavement, Despair, Diphtheria, Epidemics, Families, History, Veterans, Wildfires