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The Shrouding Woman

Loretta Ellsworth

Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks

A young girl's awakening as she becomes an apprentice to a shrouder

It was once common practice for small towns to have a shrouding woman to help put their dead to rest. Still, when eleven-year-old Evie's Aunt Flo--herself a shrouding woman--comes to town, Evie knows little of a shrouding woman's ways and wants nothing to do with this aunt of hers, especially after her own mother's recent death. But as this mysterious woman slowly makes her way into Evie's life, her strong presence brings far more than signs of death to a grieving girl's home.
Set in the mid-1800s, this lyrically written novel, centered on the little-known practice of shrouding, sensitively touches on the healing process of life.

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The Shrouding Woman
Papa's SisterI was eleven years old when she came to live with us. My little sister, Mae, was five. She came from the western part of Minnesota, where only the hearty survived the summer's prairie fires and the winter's bitter cold. She traveled to our small white house on a buckboard, her green bag caked with the dusty road. Her dark hair was tucked under a round hat with a short brim, and a fine netting covered her face. Although she was Papa's sister, I'd never met herbefore. All I knew about her was from a charcoal drawing of her and Papa when they were children, both
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  • Loretta Ellsworth

  • Loretta Ellsworth is the author In Search of Mockingbird. A former schoolteacher and mother of four grown children, she lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with her family.
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