My Life with Corpses by Wylene Dunbar

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My Life with Corpses blends a sharply defined reality with a soaring leap of imagination in the story of an enigmatic narrator we know only as Oz, a Kansas girl raised by a family
of dead people.

Oz tells how she survived her childhood only to face new dangers: the terrible risks of having feelings and the discovery that her family were not the only dead people walking around
looking as if they were alive.

Author of the award-winning Margaret Cape,Wylene Dunbar has written a novel that looks into our hearts and souls with intelligence, humor, and, finally, wisdom.


About Wylene Dunbar

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A native of Kansas, WYLENE DUNBAR has taught philosophy and practiced law. A longtime resident of Oxford, Mississippi, she currently lives in Nevada City, California.
Published June 7, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 336 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After Oz attempts to enlist Mr. Stark as a member of her fundamentalist Christian church, she is taken with and effectively raised by him, an actual living person, whose intellectual and spiritual curiosity excites her mind and imagination.

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The present action of the novel unfolds as the adult Oz oversees the exhumation of the grave of Winfield Evan Stark, the man who saved her from her life among the dead and whose body might be missing.

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Book Reporter

"You've heard the story of the boy who was raised by wolves," writes Wylene Dunbar in her second novel, MY LIFE WITH CORPSES.

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Initially, Wylene Dunbar's novel My Life With Corpses seems to turn on a simple but well-executed metaphor: Her protagonist, a philosophy professor who goes by the nickname Oz, claims to have been raised by dead parents, alongside a dead sister.

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