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A Prayer for the Dying

A Novel

Stewart O'Nan

Picador

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
 
Set in Friendship, Wisconsin, just after the Civil War, A Prayer for the Dying tells of a horrible epidemic that has gripped the town in a vise of fear and death. Jacob Hansen, Friendship's sheriff, undertaker, and pastor, is soon overwhelmed, though he continues to do what he can. But Jacob cannot control the plague's rapid spread, the panic that takes over Friendship, or his own feelings of despair. Dark, poetic, and chilling, A Prayer for the Dying examines the effect of madness and violence on the morality of a once-decent man.

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"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

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  • STEWART O’NAN’s critically acclaimed fiction includes The Names of the Dead, Snow Angels, and The Good Wife. He lives in Connecticut.

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