Bleeding Kansas by Sara Paretsky

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The New York Times bestseller from the author of Fire Sale.

In Kansas, three families have coexisted not-so-peacefully for more than one hundred and fifty years: the Grelliers, the Fremantles, and the Schapens. Into their lives comes Gina Haring, a relative of the Fremantles who is house-sitting the derelict family mansion while she puts her own life in order. Her lifestyle and beliefs will put her at odds with her neighbors?and test the mettle of a community being swept up in events beyond its control.


About Sara Paretsky

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SARA PARETSKY is the author of fifteen previous books, including twelve V. I. Warshawski novels. Her many awards include the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association. She lives in Chicago.
Published January 1, 2008 by Hodder And Stoughton Ltd.. 500 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Christian prophecy, meanwhile, states that the Second Coming won't happen until the destruction of this Second Temple.) Gina encourages Susan Grellier, already reviled on Myra Schapen’s vitriolic right-wing blog for her experiments in organic farming and communal marketing, to join her circle of ...

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Warshawski detective series (e.g., the Holocaust in Total Recall ), weaves a gripping contemporary novel around three farm families—the Grelliers, Fremantles and Schapens—that can trace their Kaw Valley, Kans., roots back to the 1850s, a time of violent clashes between antislavery and proslavery ...

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This audio's power is in its richly evoked characters, and Susan Ericksen's expressive, sympathetic voice partners perfectly with Paretsky's text.

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Book Reporter

Instead of the grim streets of Chicago, the setting is Lawrence, Kansas, a community of farmers and University of Kansas students and teachers.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Paretsky’s novel paints an intimate portrait of a family and community dealing with each other’s differences.Pros'Bleeding Kansas' covers relatively unworn territory by describing life in a Kansas farm community ConsThe sheer number of characters makes the book confusing for the first few chapter...

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Jim Lehrer Chicago Tribune 3.5 of 5 Stars " If Bleeding Kansas has a weakness, it’s Paretsky’s failure to give us credible, multidimensional villains—also a shortcoming, as she has admitted, in previous novels."

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Story Circle Book Reviews

While not a page turner, Bleeding Kansas is an enjoyable read and a pleasurable look at what life is like growing up on a Kansas farm.

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Superficially a tale of a culture war—right-wing Christian against liberal Christian and pagan—at a deeper level it reveals that the soul-killing effects of severe poverty happen on the farm to the same extent as in the inner city, and to be good, you must care for your neighbor.

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Windy City Media

That's not a plot spoiler because Paretsky tells us as much in the pages that lead up to Chip's death in a series of annoying asides like 'If he'd [ Jim ] left Chip alone … If.

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