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The Very Marrow of Our Bones - A Novel

Christine Higdon

Publisher: ECW Press

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Summary

Defiance, faith, and triumph in a heartrending novel about daughters and mothers
 
On a miserable November day in 1967, two women disappear from a working-class town on the Fraser River. The community is thrown into panic, with talk of drifters and murderous husbands. But no one can find a trace of Bette Parsons or Alice McFee. Even the egg seller, Doris Tenpenny, a woman to whom everyone tells their secrets, hears nothing.
 
Ten-year-old Lulu Parsons discovers something, though: a milk-stained note her mother, Bette, left for her father on the kitchen table. Wally, it says, I will not live in a tarpaper shack for the rest of my life . . .
 
Lulu tells no one, and months later she buries the note in the woods. At the age of ten, she starts running  and forgetting  lurching through her unraveled life, using the safety of solitude and detachment until, at fifty, she learns that she is not the only one who carries a secret./p
pHopeful, lyrical, comedic, and intriguingly and lovingly told, emThe Very Marrow of Our Bones/em explores the isolated landscapes and thorny attachments bred by childhood loss and buried secrets./p

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