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Author
Woodrell, Daniel
Descriptors
Affairs
Dancers
Death and Dying
Family History
Fires
Grandmothers
Historical Fiction
Secrets
Small-town Life
Location/Setting:
Missouri
Time Period:
1920s
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Summary
An explosion in a dance-hall in West Table, Missouri in 1929 results in the death of 42 people, including Ruby DeGeer, the younger sister of housemaid Alma DeGeer Dunahew. Nearly 40 years later, many in the town are still haunted by the unexplained catastrophe. Alma, who never has truly recovered from the loss, thinks she knows what caused the explosion. Her version of the story, one filled with accusations and secrets, is retold here by her grandson Alek.
Critique
This compelling read is less like a novel and more like a series of interconnected short stories and observations about the town of West Table and its inhabitants. A mesmerizing read.
ISBN
9780316205856
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# of Pages
164
Published
2013
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Reviewer's Initials: CO


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