The Resurrectionists by Michael Collins
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The Booker and IMPAC Prize-nominated author of The Keepers of Truth delivers a haunting novel of psychological suspense about a wayward family's search for salvation in an America that has left them behind.

The solitude of the Upper Michigan Peninsula is Michael Collins's heart of darkness in this compelling story of the unquiet dead. Almost thirty years ago, when Frank Cassidy was five, his parents burned to death in a remote Michigan town. Now Frank's uncle is dead too, shot by a mysterious stranger who lies in a coma in the local hospital. Frank, working menial jobs to support his unfaithful wife and two children, takes his family north in a series of stolen cars to dispute his cousin's claim on the family farm. Once there, however, Frank also wants answers to questions about his own past: Who really set the fire that burned the family home and killed his parents? Will the stranger, who hangs between life and death, be able to shed light on long-buried secrets?
As the television blares the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, news of Jim Jones, and endless sitcom reruns, simple answers -- and the promise of the American dream -- seem to recede from Frank's grasp. Brilliant and unsettling, The Resurrectionists is an ironic yet chilling indictment of American culture in the seventies and a compassionate novel about a man struggling to overcome the crimes and burdens of his past.

About Michael Collins

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Jill Collins and Natalie Saville co-own and run London-based The Great Little Cake Company, specializing in creative wedding and celebration cakes. They have made cakes for celebrities, have been featured on TV and have appeared regularly in various wedding magazines. They have previously written "Bake Me I'm Yours... Whoopie Pies" (Aug 2011) for David & Charles. -->Website: (1,000+ views per month) -->Facebook: The Great Little Cake Company (only just launched) -->Twitter: @greatlittlecake (only just launched)
Published March 11, 2003 by Scribner. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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In Michigan, Frank is astonished to learn that Ward’s suspected murderer is believed to be Chester Green, a boyhood friend from a neighboring farm who was thought to have died years ago.

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The Resurrectionists by Michael Collins 360pp, Weidenfeld, £12.99 Michael Collins's follow-up to his Booker-shortlisted The Keepers of Truth charts a psychological terrain as wintry as the snowbound Michigan landscape in which it is set.

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With them they have Robert Lee, Honey's precocious and aggressive son, who hates Frank for not being Ken, and Frank's young son, Ernie, who acts as innocent witness to the novel's brutalities.

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(And why would Chester kill Ward?) Contrary to Scott Fitzgerald's oft-repeated dictum that there are no second acts in American life, Collins shows that second acts are what America is all about: for all the battered existences on display in this novel, there's a faith, a persistent optimism, tha...

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While the trip is entertaining and even funny in a black way, it later becomes apparent that Frank's outlook approaches the philosophical model of Utilitarianism - namely the greatest good for the greatest number (if one restricts that notion to his family) and he can later be seen as strangely m...

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