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Ellen And The Barber: Three Love Stories Of The Thirties

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Though the late Frank O'Rourke published more than sixty novels, Ellen and the Barber has never before been brought to readers. St. Martin's is delighted to present this atmospheric and insightful novel. Vividly evoking a small midwest town during the Great Depression and World War II, it introduces us to three strong and suprising young women and the men in their lives: E ...more
Published December 1st 1998 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Dee Fallon
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Loved the third story, really liked the first one, and neutral about the second one. I was saddened to learn the author didn't live to see this book published and that his health was bad in his later years. The book was so well-written, wish I had learned about O'Rourke sooner, but then again this genre isn't really my favorite. I do love short stories though.
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly evocative and heartfelt trilogy of short stories, especially coming from a writer known primarily for mysteries, westerns, and sports novels. What surprised me most was O'Rourke's thorough understanding and delicate portrayal of his central female characters, as well as how relevant their feelings and concerns are today. Though set against the backdrop of the Depression-era midwest, the characters in these stories are almost tangibly real: a woman paralyzed by the choice between h ...more
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good little quick read love stories with a twist.
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Frank O'Rourke was an American writer known for western and mystery novels and sports fiction. O'Rourke wrote more than 60 novels and numerous magazine articles.

Born in Denver, Colorado he attended Kemper Military School. A talented amateur baseball player, he considered trying out for a professional team, but was called up for service in World War II. At the end of the war he decided to become a
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