Billy Sunday by Rod Jones
A Novel

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In Billy Sunday, his second novel published in the United States, Jones turns his ambitious imagination to the American psyche at the end of the frontier period. Three historical figures stand at center stage: Frederick Jackson Turner, author of the famous book of essays The Frontier in American History; Charles Van Schaick, the photographer Michael Lesy made famous in his surreal and haunting book Wisconsin Death Trip; and Billy Sunday himself, an orphan, undertaker's assistant, and onetime professional baseball player who became a charismatic evangelist in the 1890s. Their paths cross during the steamy summer of 1892, when a girl's body is discovered in the woods beside a dreamy lake on the very edge of civilization. This terrible moment becomes the fulcrum for Jones's compelling and tragic meditation on the end of an era, as well as of an ethos, in our history.

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Published January 1, 1995 by Picador / Pan Macmillan Australia. 293 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But something in the village casts a longer, darker shadow: As Van Schaick pursues his interests in photographing the spirits of the place, Billy has visions of a native woman in the woods and one day comes upon a rotting female corpse.

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Turner becomes involved in the affair during his annual summer sojourn in the Wisconsin woods, where he tries to come to grips with the aftermath of a tragic youthful affair with a voluptuous Native American girl whose presence continues to haunt his dreams.

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