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The Resource The Flicker of Old Dreams, Susan Henderson, (electronic resource)

The Flicker of Old Dreams, Susan Henderson, (electronic resource)

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The Flicker of Old Dreams
Title
The Flicker of Old Dreams
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Susan Henderson
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eng
Summary
With the quiet precision of Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres and the technical clarity of Mary Roach's Stiff, this is a novel about a young woman who comes most alive while working in her father's mortuary in a small, forgotten Midwestern town. "The dead come to me vulnerable, sharing their stories and secrets . . . " Mary Crampton has spent all of her thirty years in Petroleum, a small Midwestern 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. Set in America's heartland, The Flicker of Old Dreams explores themes of resilience, redemption, and loyalty in prose as lyrical as it is powerful
Summary
Finding fulfillment in her job as an embalmer in her father's small town mortuary, outsider Mary bonds with a villainized local who was blamed for a fatal accident twenty years earlier, a friendship that compels her to consider what might happen if she were to leave their fading community
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Award
  • Spur Awards, Best Western Contemporary Novel, 2019.
  • WILLA Literary Awards: Contemporary Fiction, 2019.
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BT
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1967-
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Henderson, Susan
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813
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fiction
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adult
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The Flicker of Old Dreams, Susan Henderson, (electronic resource)
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online
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9780062686718
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Label
The Flicker of Old Dreams, Susan Henderson, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780062686718
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6c15bea9-8d61-4e13-8f54-0548bd4789ec
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unknown sound
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  • other
  • remote
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  • Adobe EPUB eBook
  • Kindle Book
  • OverDrive Read

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