The Maid's Version: A Novel

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Little, Brown, Sep 3, 2013 - Fiction - 176 pages
17 Reviews
The American master's first novel since Winter's Bone (2006) tells of a deadly dance hall fire and its impact over several generations.

Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri. Her husband is mostly absent, and, in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? The embittered local gypsies? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident?

Alma thinks she knows the answer-and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. Her dogged pursuit of justice makes her an outcast and causes a long-standing rift with her own son. By telling her story to her grandson, she finally gains some solace-and peace for her sister. He is advised to "Tell it. Go on and tell it"-tell the story of his family's struggles, suspicions, secrets, and triumphs.

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This was a most powerful book, top-notch storytelling. - Goodreads
Daniel Woodrell's writing gives me the chills. - Goodreads
And with such beautiful prose! - Goodreads
It seemed an abrupt ending. - Goodreads
It also has a love story. - Goodreads
The writing speaks for itself. - Goodreads

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The thing about small towns and secrets is that usually there aren't really that many secrets; there are just unpleasant things that aren't discussed openly. West Table, Missouri, has one of these ... Read full review

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Daniel Woodrell's writing gives me the chills. It's so mind-bendingly good. He writes grief, tragedy, resignation and community better than anyone this side of Toni Morrison and Kent Haruf and with ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

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