Set just after the Civil War, A Prayer for the Dying is the story of a small Wisconsin town gripped by a mysterious, deadly epidemic, and one man desperate to save it. Torn between his loyalty to his family, his faith in God, and his terror of this vicious disease, Jacob Hansen struggles to preserve his sanity amid the chaos and violence around him.
"A cross between Stephen Crane and Stephen King . . . O'Nan is certainly among the strongest Americanwriters of his generation."--Peter McCarthy, The Washington Post Book World
"A fine, terse novel about the circumstantial nature of evil and the terrible fragility of man."--Patrick McGrath, The New York Times Book Review
"Will make readers shudder and think and marvel at a writer's creation of an alien world that seems so real."--Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today