An Unfinished Life

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Vintage, Jun 28, 2005 - Fiction - 257 pages
302 Reviews
In an extraordinary tale of love and forgiveness, Mark Spragg brings us this novel of a complex, prodigal homecoming.

After escaping the last of a long string of abusive boyfriends, Jean Gilkyson and her ten-year-old daughter Griff have nowhere left to go. Nowhere except Ishawooa, Wyoming, where Jean's estranged father-in-law, Einar, still blames her for the death of his son. Though Einar isn't glad to see either of them, Griff falls in love with his sprawling ranch and quiet way of life, as she slowly gets to know his crippled old friend Mitch, the cats that lurk in the barn at milking time, and finally the grandfather she had lost for so many years. An emotionally charged story of hard-won friendship and reconciliation, An Unfinished Life shows a novelist of extraordinary talents in the fullness of his powers.
  

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Very unimpressed. Seems to sensationalize sex & swearing since I found this on the high school recommended list. With so much great literature out there, I don't know how this made it on to the list. Read full review

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Started 4/1/15; Liking it so far. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
15
Section 4
25
Section 5
33
Section 6
44
Section 7
49
Section 8
64
Section 20
138
Section 21
146
Section 22
155
Section 23
161
Section 24
169
Section 25
173
Section 26
180
Section 27
186

Section 9
74
Section 10
78
Section 11
84
Section 12
90
Section 13
96
Section 14
105
Section 15
112
Section 16
116
Section 17
120
Section 18
125
Section 19
135
Section 28
193
Section 29
200
Section 30
211
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
234
Section 35
245
Section 36
248
Section 37
254
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Mark Spragg is the author of Where Rivers Change Direction, a memoir that won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award, and The Fruit of Stone, a novel. Both were top-ten Book Sense selections and have been translated into seven languages. He lives in Cody, Wyoming.


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