New Mercies

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2005 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Natchez, Mississippi, in 1933 is a place suspended in time. The silver and china is still dented and cracked from Yankee invaders. And the houses have names...and memories. Nora Bondurant is running away--from her husband's death, from his secrets, and from the ghosts that dog her every step. When she receives a telegram informing her that she has an inheritance, Nora suddenly has somewhere to run to: a house named Avoca in Natchez, Mississippi. Now, she’s learning that the lure of Natchez runs deep, and that, along with Avoca, she’s inherited a mystery. Nora's aunt Amalia Bondurant was killed in a murder/suicide, and the locals are saying nothing more--except in hushed, honeyed tones. As Nora becomes more and more enmeshed in the community and in her family’s history, she learns surprising things about the life and death of her aunt: kinship isn't always what it seems, loyalty can be as fierce as blood relations, and every day we are given new mercies to heal the pain of loss and love.
 

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

Dallas turns her attention to the deep South in her latest historical novel, inspired by the real-life murder of the “goat lady” in Natchez Mississippi. The time is 1933. Nora Bondurant Tate, barely ... Read full review

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What a great book - a nice combination of two compelling stories. Nora Bondurant in this story is the granddaughter of Alice Bullock of "Alice's Tulips" and there is a sense of satisfaction in ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
24
Section 4
32
Section 5
35
Section 6
55
Section 7
68
Section 8
94
Section 17
171
Section 18
183
Section 19
189
Section 20
206
Section 21
209
Section 22
215
Section 23
243
Section 24
262

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
126
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
152
Section 16
161
Section 25
270
Section 26
271
Section 27
276
Section 28
283
Section 29
291
Section 30
297
Section 31
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About the author (2005)

Sandra Dallas graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in journalism and began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. While a reporter, she began writing nonfiction which include Sacred Paint, which won the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Wrangler Award, and The Quilt That Walked to Golden, recipient of the Independent Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award. Turning to fiction in 1990, Sandra has published a number of novels including Buster Midnight's Cafe, Alice's Tulips, and Prayers For Sale. She is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award for New Mercies, and two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award, for The Chili Queen and Tallgrass. In addition, she was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association Award, and a four-time finalist for the Women Writing the West Willa Award.

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