Heaven, Indiana

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Dog Hollow Press, Nov 1, 2000 - Fiction - 169 pages
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One hot week in August 1954, in Heaven, Indiana, a baby is delivered twice: once in a barn by her grandfather, the second time to the tent door of a carnival fortune-teller by her grandmother. The birth remains a secret, like so many secrets the denizens of Heaven keep, stuffed into apron pockets, tucked into attic trunks, locked into desk drawers. Heaven, Indiana focuses on the intertwined lives of this baby & two other women born the same year, the ways in which the hidden stories in their lives play out & ultimately are revealed. From traveling carnivals to Underground Railroad stations & Klan activities, the larger cultural & social history of Indiana provides the canvas for a picture of life that will resonate for anyone who has ever lived in small town America, been glad to leave it, longed to go back to it, or simply wondered what is buried under that very flat land in the Hoosier State. "Magical Realism comes to the Heartland." - Michael Martone. "...a lush, multilayered portrait of the cycle of life..." - Arthur C. Jones. "...richly evocative, both rooted & visionary." - Susan Koppelman. "A glimpse of Heaven leaves readers wanting more." - Wendy Fawthrop, Seattle Union Record.

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