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A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O'Nan
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Dec 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 1990-1999, fiction, obtained-used, setting-wi
Read from December 24 to 25, 2010

Alan picked this book up yesterday at Freebird (used) Books, on Columbia Street. He recalled that we'd read another book my this author, Last Night at the Red Lobster, two years ago.

Since we were out and about and I had no other book in hand, I started reading it right away. I couldn't put it down, so this cheery (not!) book was my Christmas Eve/Christmas morning book.

It is a horrifying story of plague and fire set in Wisconsin, post Civil War. It is written in a second person voice, which is unusual (can't think of a/the last book I've read like that). Although it is set in the past, it has the feel of a post-apocalyptic book (I read this in someone else's review and think that is an excellent description of the true feel of the book).


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