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The flicker of old dreams : a novel

Author: Susan Henderson
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Paperbacks, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Mary Crampton has spent all of her thirty years in Petroleum, a small Western town once supported by a powerful grain company. Living at home, she works as the embalmer in her father{u2019}s mortuary: an unlikely job that has long marked her as an outsider. Yet, to Mary there is a satisfying art to positioning and styling each body to capture the essence of a subject{u2019}s life. Though some townsfolk pretend that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Novels
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Henderson, Susan.
Flicker of old dreams.
New York, NY : Harper Paperbacks, [2018]
(DLC) 2017021997
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Henderson
ISBN: 9780062686701 0062686704
OCLC Number: 1031087837
Description: pages cm
Responsibility: Susan Henderson.

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Mary Crampton has spent all of her thirty years in Petroleum, a small Western town once supported by a powerful grain company. Living at home, she works as the embalmer in her father{u2019}s mortuary: an unlikely job that has long marked her as an outsider. Yet, to Mary there is a satisfying art to positioning and styling each body to capture the essence of a subject{u2019}s life. Though some townsfolk pretend that the community is thriving, the truth is that Petroleum is crumbling away{u2014}a process that began twenty years ago when an accident in the grain elevator killed a beloved high school athlete. The mill closed for good, the train no longer stopped in town, and Robert Golden, the victim{u2019}s younger brother, was widely blamed for the tragedy and shipped off to live elsewhere. Now, out of the blue, Robert has returned to care for his terminally ill mother. After Mary{u2014}reserved, introspective, and deeply lonely{u2014}strikes up an unlikely friendship with him, shocking the locals, she finally begins to consider what might happen if she dared to leave Petroleum.
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"Susan Henderson offers us the wondrous, sharp picture of the small town of Petroleum, Montana where the past comes back on two feet and a blizzard rages. The Flicker of Old Dreams is a fine novel, Read more...

 
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