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The Mourners' Bench by Susan Dodd
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Feb 17, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction
Read in February, 2008

I learned that a "mourners' bench" is a long wooden bench with a awkward back that adults sit in confessing their sins before being called to baptism. Obviously a uncomfortable place to sit. It surfaces early in this book as the resting place for one of the characters repaired dolls. The three main characters of the book are figuratively sitting on this bench thoughoutthe book.
I loved the way this book has the two main characters tell this story in the 1st person. They take turns offering how they see the storyline and how it effects them.

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