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3.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  15 Ratings  ·  1 Review
"FASCINATING . . . A memorable central character and a noteworthy debut ."
--Gail Godwin
Mavis Schmidt Holmstead has always been the strong one. The oldest of six sisters who grew up on a North Dakota farm, Mavis has spent a lifetime comforting and cooking, mending and managing.
Now a man is dead, and the confessed murderer is Mavis--widow, mother, grandmother, matriarch.
Mass Market Paperback, 323 pages
Published May 28th 1997 by Fawcett (first published June 3rd 1996)
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Jan 21, 2014 Shay Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Those of you who read my reviews know that I do not give 5 stars lightly. This novel, however, richly deserves them. Before I get into my review, just let me ponder aloud how unlikely it was that I even picked up this book. I found it on a bargain rack at some book store years ago, and it sat on my shelf for ages before I chose to read it. No one at has even reviewed it, though its publication date is 1996. And yet how beautiful and engaging it turned out to be.

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I was born on a farm in the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota, and grew up climbing trees, riding my pony and daydreaming under a wide prairie sky. I left North Dakota after college, and have since lived in Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and for the past fourteen years, Michigan. I have a Ph.D. in English, and teach part-time in the English De ...more
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