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ISBN13: 9780312255015
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Set in Friendship, Wisconsin, just after the Civil War, A Prayer for the Dying tells of a horrible epidemic that is suddenly and gruesomely killing the town's residents and setting off a terrifying paranoia. Jacob Hansen, Friendship's sheriff, undertaker, and pastor, is soon overwhelmed by the fear and anguish around him, and his sanity begins to fray. Dark, poetic, and chilling, A Prayer for the Dying examines the effect of madness and violence on the morality of a once-decent man.

Review:

"O'Nan again proves himself a writer of dazzling virtuosity and imagination....[An] eloquent horror tale/philosophical fable....Outside of a few red-herring details, the narrative moves with surefooted technique into the realm of sinister gothic mystery. Profoundly unsettling, it requires a leap of faith from the reader that may, like Jacob's faith, fail at times, but it is a mesmerizing story and a brilliant tour de force." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"It's an amazing novel, at once highly realistic yet at the same time poetically metaphoric. O'Nan's readership grows with each book, and his fans will find this one his best to date." Brad Hooper, Booklist

Review:

"Stewart O'Nan has produced a fine, terse novel about the circumstantial nature of evil and the terrible fragility of man." Patrick McGrath, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Stephen King-esque literary horror...a campfire story with moral depth." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"This is a sad and chilling novel. It will make no readers happy. It will make them shudder and think and marvel at a writer's creation of an alien world that seems so real." Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today

Review:

"[A] brilliant exploration of evil and solipsism. A small, gruesome literary gem." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Mr. O'Nan...is a master of voices and the place they resonate from....With a shivery economy of means and a dreadful lavishness of effect, Mr. O'Nan advances the...growth of the epidemic and the disintegration of Jacob....His madness is not all of him; there is a bleak awareness...and this is what makes A Prayer more than a brilliant exercise of darkness." Richard Eder, The New York Times

Review:

"[D]ark, edgy, muscular....This slender novel is as toned as a pro offensive lineman, and far more supple. And does it horrify? I found it more disturbing than anything else I've read this year....Ignore it at your peril." Edward Bryant, Locus

Synopsis:

Set in Friendship, Wisconsin, just after the Civil War, A Prayer for the Dying tells of a horrible epidemic that has gripped the town in a vice of fear and Death. Jacob Hansen, Friendship's sheriff, undertaker, and pastor, is soon overwhelmed, though he continues to do what he can. Dark, poetic, and chilling,A Prayer for the Dying makes us consider if it's possible to be a good man in atime of madness.

About the Author

Stewart O'Nan's first collection of stories, In the Walled City, won the Drue Heinz Literary Prize. He is the author of four previous novels, Snow Angels, The Names of the Dead, The Speed Queen, and A World Away. He lives in Connecticut.

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Effie, April 15, 2009 (view all comments by Effie)
A beautifully written but very sad book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312255015
Author:
O'Nan, Stewart
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Epidemics
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Horror tales
Subject:
Veterans
Subject:
Wildfires
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Diphtheria
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
April 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.32x5.62x.57 in. .50 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Picador USA - English 9780312255015 Reviews:
"Review" by , "O'Nan again proves himself a writer of dazzling virtuosity and imagination....[An] eloquent horror tale/philosophical fable....Outside of a few red-herring details, the narrative moves with surefooted technique into the realm of sinister gothic mystery. Profoundly unsettling, it requires a leap of faith from the reader that may, like Jacob's faith, fail at times, but it is a mesmerizing story and a brilliant tour de force."
"Review" by , "It's an amazing novel, at once highly realistic yet at the same time poetically metaphoric. O'Nan's readership grows with each book, and his fans will find this one his best to date."
"Review" by , "Stewart O'Nan has produced a fine, terse novel about the circumstantial nature of evil and the terrible fragility of man."
"Review" by , "Stephen King-esque literary horror...a campfire story with moral depth."
"Review" by , "This is a sad and chilling novel. It will make no readers happy. It will make them shudder and think and marvel at a writer's creation of an alien world that seems so real."
"Review" by , "[A] brilliant exploration of evil and solipsism. A small, gruesome literary gem."
"Review" by , "Mr. O'Nan...is a master of voices and the place they resonate from....With a shivery economy of means and a dreadful lavishness of effect, Mr. O'Nan advances the...growth of the epidemic and the disintegration of Jacob....His madness is not all of him; there is a bleak awareness...and this is what makes A Prayer more than a brilliant exercise of darkness."
"Review" by , "[D]ark, edgy, muscular....This slender novel is as toned as a pro offensive lineman, and far more supple. And does it horrify? I found it more disturbing than anything else I've read this year....Ignore it at your peril."
"Synopsis" by , Set in Friendship, Wisconsin, just after the Civil War, A Prayer for the Dying tells of a horrible epidemic that has gripped the town in a vice of fear and Death. Jacob Hansen, Friendship's sheriff, undertaker, and pastor, is soon overwhelmed, though he continues to do what he can. Dark, poetic, and chilling,A Prayer for the Dying makes us consider if it's possible to be a good man in atime of madness.

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