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ISBN13: 9780312385194
ISBN10: 0312385196
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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.

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

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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 eight novels, including Tallgrass and New Mercies. She is a former Denver bureau chief for Business Week magazine and lives in Denver, Colorado. Visit www.sandradallas.com.

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JanB, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by JanB)
This is the 6th book I’ve read by this author and it is definitely my favorite. The story takes place in 1936 with flashbacks to just after the Civil War. The location is Middle Swan, Colorado, a gold mining town high up in the mountains, where winters are long and conditions are harsh. 17 year old Nit and her husband Dick have just arrived and Nit is feeling lonesome for home and missing her family. She meets 86 year old Hennie, a 70 year resident of Middle Swan who takes her under her wing, introducing her everyone, becoming not only friend, but mother as well. Hennie has always been there to help those in need. I loved how nurturing she was and how she was such a good friend to everyone. She had such a kind and gentle way of giving to people the things they needed yet couldn’t afford. She gave them in a way that let them feel they were doing her a favor by taking the items and not accepting charity. A very sweet book with a very sweet ending. Highly recommended.
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sentina, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by sentina)
With strong females and some good men, as well as evil ones; this moving reality tale, "Prayers for Sale," is a sometimes gut-wrenching book about the reality of life in the freezing mountains of Colorado, in 1936 during the Great Depression, where gold mining of three kinds destroy the environment and pollute the water, and men sometimes die at work.

It sounds so cold there, it is hard to believe anyone would want to stay, but Hennie Comfort, the 86-year-old woman who relates the stories of the town, has lived there most of her life and doesn't want to leave.

She befriends a young newcomer, whom the author calls "the girl" over and over, when she should have used her name, Nit or Mrs. Spindle, or young woman, or female pronouns, although she uses Hennie's name frequently. Nit is a married teenager who has already had a stillborn baby and is pregnant -- hardly a "girl."

However, some of the tales were delightful, and they were all informative about the family, work, and town lives of the people who are there because it is the only work they can get. Overall, this story made me glad I live somewhere much warmer and less polluted --

the only thing I long for is the bonding of quilting among the women that brings them together, even when there are some who don't get along well otherwise.

Hennie has a refreshingly open-minded view of "hookers," understanding that they only do it because they would starve and/or be homeless otherwise, and she doesn't judge them the way most people do.

The old woman says that when she prays, the answers she get are often the opposite of what they would be if she and god traded places. She tells of the prohibition era, where "... you could get liquor legal for medicinal purposes... Middle Swan... being the sickest incorporated town in Colorado."

The women know how to use herbs for healing and Nit does not trust doctors, for they don't know much, which was probably even more true then than it is now.

One of the outcomes of the story was predictable, but it would have been disappointing if it had ended differently; another outcome was unpredictable, and it got a little annoying to have it referred to and have to wait so long to see how it turned out, although it was believeable when it finally came.

At the back of the book, there is a section from Dallas's book, "Whiter Than Snow," about the same community.
I found it better written and more intriguing than this one, and look forward to reading it.
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teegee, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by teegee)
Wonderful story set in 1930s Colorado. Hennie Comfort and the people in the high-altitude town of Middle Swan--fashioned after Breckenridge--struggle to survive in a mining town.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312385194
Author:
Dallas, Sandra
Publisher:
Griffin
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Reading Group Gold
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.19 x 5.6 x 0.96 in

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