The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis

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The prize-winning author of Versailles tells the story of a small New England village unsettled by a young girls unearthly gift. In Varennes, a town near the Canadian border, three girls come across the body of a dead man on the local lakes beach. Two of them run to get help, but twelve-year-old Mees Kipp stays with the body and somehow, inexplicably, brings it back to life. Her mysterious gift is at the center of this haunting and transcendent novel. THE THIN PLACE is the story of these girls, their town, and the worldly and otherworldly forces that come into play there over one summer. Writing at the peak of her powers, Kathryn Davis draws on commonplace formspolice blotters, garden almanacs, Sunday sermons, horoscopes, and diariesto convey the rich rhythms of life in Varennes. From the ladies in the old-folks home to trappers, lawyers, teachers, ministers, drug addictseven the dogs and cats, beavers and bearsshe peoples this novel with astonishingly vivid beings. The extraordinary comes to visit an ordinary town.

About Kathryn Davis

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Kathryn Davis is also the author of novels, "The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf" & "Hell." The recipient of a Kafka Prize, she teaches at Skidmore College & lives with her husband & their daughter in Vermont.
Published January 26, 2006 by Little, Brown & Co.. 277 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Davis leads her characters—human and animal alike—surely toward another potential “disaster” on Pentecostal Sunday, mingling numerous seriocomic incidents with summary statements that reveal a cosmic vision that can instantly charm you, then stomp all over you (e.g., “Water has more properties th...

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Davis is much better on the real minds of 12-year-old girls: "Human sacrifices, cockeyed sexual adventures both sadistic and masochistic, also kitties with balls of yarn and puppies chewing on slippers and soft pink babies and disembowelings" — as savage and true as something out of Elfriede Jeli...

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Davis's unconventional style of writing this novel is not well-suited to the audio format.

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Nursing home residents, married couples, children and beloved pets reflect on the town's scandals and secrets, its tragedies and romances, as well as on more metaphysical subjects: the body and the soul, the mysteries and beauties of nature and the apparently miraculous powers that enable a local...

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Lucy Ellmann Seattle Times 4 of 5 Stars "Cosmic without being florid, funny without being flip, terrifying without being trite … Davis gives us a world animated by spirit.

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Davis follows the threads of daily life both past and present as they weave through the small town of Varennes revealing how interconnected the residents really are as it examines the ongoing impacts of love, life and death.

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