Poetry Madness
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft



I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
  1. $9.07 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$6.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Literature- A to Z

Prayers for Sale

by

Prayers for Sale Cover

ISBN13: 9780312385187
ISBN10: 0312385188
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $6.95!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From the critically acclaimed author of Tallgrass comes a powerful novel about an unlikely friendship between two women and the secrets theyve kept in order to survive life in a rugged Colorado mining town.

Its 1936 and the Great Depression has taken its toll. Up in the high country of the snow-covered Rocky Mountains, eighty-six-year-old Hennie Comfort has lived in Middle Swan, Colorado, since before it was Colorado. When she first meets seventeen-year-old Nit Spindle, Hennie is drawn to the grieving young girl. Nit and her husband have come to this small mining town in search of work, but the loneliness and loss Nit feels are almost too much to bear. One day she notices an old sign that reads prayers for sale in front of Hennies house. Hennie doesnt actually take money for her prayers, never has, but she invites the skinny girl in anyway. The harsh conditions of life that each has endured create an instant bond, and a friendship is born, one in which the deepest of hardships are shared and the darkest of secrets are confessed.

Sandra Dallas has created an unforgettable tale of a friendship between two women, one with surprising twists and turns, and one that is ultimately a revelation of the finest parts of the human spirit.

Review:

"In her charming new novel, Dallas (The Persian Pickle Club; Tallgrass; etc.) offers up the unconventional friendship between Hennie Comfort, a natural storyteller entering the twilight of her life, and Nit Spindle, a nave young newlywed, forged in the isolated mining town of Middle Swan, Colo., in 1936. When the two meet, Hennie recognizes her younger self in Nit, and she's immediately struck with a desire to nurture and guide Nit, who is lonely and adrift in her new hometown and her brand-new marriage. As Hennie regales Nit with stories and advice, the two become inseparable and pass several seasons huddled around their quilting with the other women of Middle Swan. Even though Hennie maintains an air of c'est la vie as she unravels her life story, Nit and the reader soon realize there are tragedies and secrets hidden behind Hennie's tranquil demeanor. This satisfying novel will immediately draw readers into Hennie and Nit's lives, and the unexpected twists will keep them hooked through to the bittersweet denouement." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

Hennie Comfort is the best storyteller in Middle Swan, a gold-mining town high in the Colorado Rockies, and after 86 years, she's accumulated plenty of tales from losing one husband in the Civil War and another in a mine explosion. One wintry afternoon in 1936, 17-year-old Nit Spindle turns up on Hennie's front porch. A transplant from the South like Hennie and a new bride who has just lost a baby,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

Dallas has created an unforgettable tale of a friendship between two women, one with surprising twists and turns, and one that is ultimately a revelation of the finest parts of the human spirit.

Synopsis:

A powerful novel of the secrets women keep and the lies they tell to survive life in a small, nineteenth-century Colorado mining town.

Synopsis:

Hennie Comfort is eighty-six and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado.  Nit Spindle is just seventeen and newly married.  She and her husband have just moved to the high country in search of work.  It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country and Nit and her husband have suffered greatly.  Hennie notices the young woman loitering near the old sign outside of her house that promises "Prayers For Sale".  Hennie doesn't sell prayers, never has, but there's something about the young woman that she's drawn to.  The harsh conditions of life that each have endured create an instant bond and an unlikely friendship is formed, one in which the deepest of hardships are shared and the darkest of secrets are confessed. 
 
Sandra Dallas has created an unforgettable tale of a friendship between two women, one with surprising twists and turns, and one that is ultimately a revelation of the finest parts of the human spirit.    
 

About the Author

Sandra Dallas is the author of seven novels, including Tallgrass and New Mercies.  She is a former Denver bureau chief for Business Week magazine and lives in Denver, Colorado.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Denise Morland, April 19, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Sandra Dallas has a unique talent for writing griping and accurate historical western novels about strong, wise and courageous women. She is the Phillipa Gregory of western lit, educating us on western history even as she keeps us thoroughly engaged with her passionate story lines. Prayers For Sale is the story of Hennie Comfort, eighty-six, and Nit Spindle, seventeen. These women are united by the harsh conditions of life in Middle Swan, a mining town in Colorado. Though the winter weather is bad enough, it is the tearing emotional dramas that these two very different women will help each other through.
I don’t know any other author who can write so convincingly of strong, western women as Sandra Dallas can. She spares them no mercy, putting them through unimaginable hardships, but with their loyalty and friendships with each other they always survive in the end. I can’t read a Sandra Dallas book (and Prayers For Sale is no exception) without feeling like I’ve made new lifelong friendships myself by the end. These are women to be admired, not pitied, and you might even find a few men to like mixed in! At the end of Prayers For Sale I was left feeling satisfied, a little more educated, and like anything can be endured or accomplished.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312385187
Author:
Dallas, Sandra
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Author:
Reed, Maggi-Meg
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Depressions
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
FIC044000
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Depressions -- 1929.
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090414
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8cds/9hrs
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.75 x 1.18 in

Other books you might like

  1. The Help
    Used Trade Paper $2.50
  2. Buster Midnight's Cafe Used Trade Paper $3.50
  3. Tallgrass
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  4. Shanghai Girls
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  5. Little Heathens: Hard Times and High...
    Used Trade Paper $3.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Prayers for Sale Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$6.95 In Stock
Product details 320 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312385187 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In her charming new novel, Dallas (The Persian Pickle Club; Tallgrass; etc.) offers up the unconventional friendship between Hennie Comfort, a natural storyteller entering the twilight of her life, and Nit Spindle, a nave young newlywed, forged in the isolated mining town of Middle Swan, Colo., in 1936. When the two meet, Hennie recognizes her younger self in Nit, and she's immediately struck with a desire to nurture and guide Nit, who is lonely and adrift in her new hometown and her brand-new marriage. As Hennie regales Nit with stories and advice, the two become inseparable and pass several seasons huddled around their quilting with the other women of Middle Swan. Even though Hennie maintains an air of c'est la vie as she unravels her life story, Nit and the reader soon realize there are tragedies and secrets hidden behind Hennie's tranquil demeanor. This satisfying novel will immediately draw readers into Hennie and Nit's lives, and the unexpected twists will keep them hooked through to the bittersweet denouement." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Dallas has created an unforgettable tale of a friendship between two women, one with surprising twists and turns, and one that is ultimately a revelation of the finest parts of the human spirit.
"Synopsis" by ,
A powerful novel of the secrets women keep and the lies they tell to survive life in a small, nineteenth-century Colorado mining town.
"Synopsis" by ,
Hennie Comfort is eighty-six and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado.  Nit Spindle is just seventeen and newly married.  She and her husband have just moved to the high country in search of work.  It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country and Nit and her husband have suffered greatly.  Hennie notices the young woman loitering near the old sign outside of her house that promises "Prayers For Sale".  Hennie doesn't sell prayers, never has, but there's something about the young woman that she's drawn to.  The harsh conditions of life that each have endured create an instant bond and an unlikely friendship is formed, one in which the deepest of hardships are shared and the darkest of secrets are confessed. 
 
Sandra Dallas has created an unforgettable tale of a friendship between two women, one with surprising twists and turns, and one that is ultimately a revelation of the finest parts of the human spirit.    
 
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.