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The Obituary Writer: A Novel
The Obituary Writer: A Novel by Ann Hood (1910s)
This novel develops two stories, one set in the late teens and one in the 1960s. How the author connects the two was the question in my mind throughout most of the novel. They seem totally disconnected. The earlier story involves a woman whose lover apparently died in the San Francisco earthquake and fire in 1906. The later one deals with a woman who seem to have fallen out of love with her husband in 1961 and had an affair with a man whose baby she may be carrying. -- Added by nancystahl on 03/05/2014

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A Lesson Before Dying
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines (1940s)
Jefferson, a young black man, finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time (two black acquaintenances try unsuccessfully to rob a liquor store; the white store clerk and the two robbers die). Jefferson is tried and convicted for murder and sentenced to death. In an unsuccessful attempt to save him, Jefferson's lawyer urges that he not be executed because he was too stupid to plan the crime. To execute him would be the same as executing a hog. Jefferson's godmother prevails upon the schoolteacher to visit Jefferson and make sure he knows he is a man, not a hog, before he goes to the electric chair. Will he succeed? Read the book and find out. -- Added by nancystahl on 03/05/2014

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (1990s)
Larry, a white boy in part of the novel, a white man in others, interacts during both periods of time with Cecil, a black child/man. Their connections include a surprise at the end of the book. -- Added by nancystahl on 03/05/2014

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Letters from Skye
Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole (1910s)
The letters are actually two sets of letters, one during the early days of WW I and the other during the 1940s before the US entered WW II. The writer deftly distinguishes the voices of the principal letter writers, but it is still a mystery how the daughter will eventually learn about her father. -- Added by nancystahl on 02/10/2014

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A Brew to a Kill
A Brew to a Kill by Cleo Coyle (1990s)
Claire Cosi gets herself into a real jam with the DEA but triumphs in the end (as always). A good read! -- Added by nancystahl on 02/10/2014

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