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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 368 pages

In her very first novel, award-winning author Nevada Barr reveals another side to her remarkable storytelling prowess with this heart-wrenching yet tender tale of two women whose boundless devotion to each other is continually challenged in nineteenth century America.


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User Review  - cecily2 - LibraryThing

Not well written. I was going to say that it wasn't badly written, either, although that isn't exactly true - but it's written in such a way that I can go for several pages at a time without seeing a ... Read full review

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Whew. I can’t say I enjoyed this novel, exactly. Although I don’t regret reading it either. But I do feel as if I've been put through the ringer a bit. Mystery writer Nevada Barr’s foray into ... Read full review


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Page 68 - For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: 4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
Page 182 - — it was the first time he had ever called her by her Christian name, and she shuddered — " if you're decently good to me, I'll make it all right for you all round.
Page 54 - Her white hair was pulled into a knot at the nape of her neck, her face was free of makeup, her thin lips were pressed tight together. Joe's mother stood to the side, larger than Bella, no less scary. "Well?
Page 352 - She had nothing to say, but she reached into the pocket of her skirt and pulled out a little silk purse. 'I netted it for you,' she murmured, 'filr Andenken?
Page 93 - I'll destroy the letter and that'll be the end of it, as far as I'm concerned.
Page 162 - You take him back to his ma, he'll die as sure as if you put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.
Page 125 - The men who were working there stopped what they were doing and...
Page 60 - Sarah sucked in her breath, her hand over her mouth. For a moment they stared at one another, their faces frozen; then, with the suddenness of a frightened rabbit, Karen turned and ran.
Page 229 - Her face was as pale as death, but her mouth was set in a firm line and her eyes were clear. Imogene stepped between her and the open grave. "My dear, you needn't have come.
Page 238 - He struck a match against the sole of his boot and lit it for her. At that moment there was a banging on the door. "Who the hell could that be?

About the author (2009)

Navada Barr is the award-winning author of seven Anna Pigeon mysteries: Track of the Cat, A Superior Death, Ill Wind, Firestorm, Endangered Species, Blind Descent, and Liberty Falling. She lives in Mississippi and was most recently a ranger on the Natchez Trace Parkway

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