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Loren D. Estleman
The Undertaker's Wife
 
 
Author
Loren D. Estleman.
Publisher Forge  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780765326126
Pages/Publication Date 284/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31128
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In this stand-alone story of the Old West from the author of The Master Executioner and the National Book Award finalist The High Rocks, the undertaker's wife waits, she weaves, she builds, while the undertaker practices the Dismal Trade with consummate skill. He has raised it to an art, managing to transform the ugliness of death into a thing of dignity and beauty; she is devoted to making her marriage whole, in spite of the tragedy at its center. Now retired, the undertaker has been called back to disguise the suicide of a famous financier, for only his art can save America's financial markets from a panic. Her task on this day is secret, an act of understanding and dedication, and in the end it is the undertaker's wife who, through love, is able to transcend death.

"As in The Master Executioner, his 2001 tour de force, Estleman picks an unpopular profession and draws from it two compelling characters, and a memorable love story as well. Circa 1900, retired undertaker Richard Connable is pressed back into service by a cabal of powerful men who want him to work his 'invisible art' on the corpse of a major financier who has committed suicide (the men want to disguise the cause of death and thereby avert economic panic). In his absence, Richard's estimable wife, Lucy, sensing the approach of her own death, recalls their story: the adventures that took them to Michigan, San Francisco, Kansas, Montana and elsewhere; Richard's professional development and friendship with Wild Bill Hickock; and the death of Richard and Lucy's only child. Well-researched and meticulously detailed, offering a vivid picture of Victorian America, the novel is also marked by moments of grace and wit ... a superlative love story and a fascinating look at a misunderstood vocation."Publishers Weekly

 
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