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 is suddenly and gruesomely killing the town's residents and setting off a terrifying paranoia. Jacob Hansen, Friendship's sheriff, undertaker, and pastor, is soon overwhelmed by the fear and anguish around him, and his sanity begins to fray. Dark, poetic, and chilling, A Prayer for the Dying
examines the effect of madness and violence on the morality of a once-decent man.