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The flicker of old dreams : a novel

Author: Susan Henderson
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018. ©2018.
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : Fiction : English : Large print editionView all editions and formats
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'The dead come to me vulnerable, sharing their stories and secrets ...' 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'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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Large type books
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Henderson
ISBN: 9781432851224 1432851225
OCLC Number: 1054360589
Notes: "Wheeler Publishing large print hardcover."
Description: 466 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: by Susan Henderson.

Abstract:

'The dead come to me vulnerable, sharing their stories and secrets ...' 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'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's life. Though some townsfolk pretend that the community is thriving, the truth is that Petroleum is crumbling away, 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'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, reserved, introspective and deeply lonely, 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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