The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood
A Novel

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It’s a slim, sparely told book, with action verbs and adherence to the motto, “show, don’t tell” — a talent fading faster among writers than polar bears on ice floes.
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A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.


On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways. Part literary mystery and part love story, The Obituary Writer examines expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers, and the emotions of grief, regret, and hope.
 

About Ann Hood

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Ann Hood (www.annhood.us) lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Scott Altmann (www.scottaltmann.com) lives in Levittown, New York.
 
Published March 4, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 294 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Linda Diebel on Apr 12 2013

It’s a slim, sparely told book, with action verbs and adherence to the motto, “show, don’t tell” — a talent fading faster among writers than polar bears on ice floes.

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