Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

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Hennie Comfort is eighty-six and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado. Nit Spindle is just seventeen and newly married. She and her husband have just moved to the high country in search of work. It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country and Nit and her husband have suffered greatly. Hennie notices the young woman loitering near the old sign outside of her house that promises "Prayers For Sale". Hennie doesn't sell prayers, never has, but there's something about the young woman that she's drawn to. The harsh conditions of life that each have endured create an instant bond and an unlikely friendship is formed, one in which the deepest of hardships are shared and the darkest of secrets are confessed.
Sandra Dallas has created an unforgettable tale of a friendship between two women, one with surprising twists and turns, and one that is ultimately a revelation of the finest parts of the human spirit.

 

About Sandra Dallas

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Award-winning author Sandra Dallas was dubbed "a quintessential American voice" by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. She is the author of The Bride's House, Whiter Than Snow, and Tallgrass, among others. Her novels have been translated into a dozen languages and optioned for films. She is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award and the two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. For 25 years, Dallas worked as a reporter covering the Rocky Mountain region for Business Week, and started writing fiction in 1990. She lives with her husband in Denver, Colorado.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 318 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Since Hennie will be leaving Middle Swan soon to live with her adopted daughter in Iowa, she decides to pass on to Nit all of her stories about the various characters who have inhabited Middle Swan.

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I tell you, but I”ll give you one for free, if you’re in need of it.” Prayers for Sale opens with this introduction of Nit Spindle, a young married girl new to the gold mining camp called Middle Swan, to Hennie Comfort, widow of Jake Comfort and town matriarch.

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When 86-year-old Hennie Comfort pauses in reading a letter from her daughter urging Hennie to come live with her in Iowa, and gazes out the window of her solid log house, she sees a young woman covered in snow and staring at Hennie's "Prayers for Sale" sign.

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Hennie Comfort is the best storyteller in Middle Swan, a gold-mining town high in the Colorado Rockies, and after 86 years, she's accumulated plenty of tales from losing one husband in the Civil War and another in a mine explosion.

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Sandra Dallas has created an unforgettable tale of a friendship between two women, one with surprising twists and turns, and one that is ultimately a revelation of the finest parts of the human spirit.

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