Sand Mansions: A Novel

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NEMO Productions, 2005 - Fiction - 561 pages
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In 1876, a close presidential contest was tilted by means of a few stuffed ballot boxes, one of which came from the village of Archer, Florida. That fraud is the departure point for Norman Gilliland's historical novel Sand Mansions, a remarkable story of carpetbag politics, get-rich-quick schemes, and hasty justice--a story based closely on events that shaped the history of northern Florida and the nation in the years 1876 to 1905. Unforgettable characters include a former slave who became a wealthy plantation owner, a clever and corrupt political boss, a deadly black outlaw, and his Irish priest accomplice. And here are stories of a 14,000-acre lake that disappears, a grandiose planned community nipped in the bud by a yellow fever epidemic, devastating freezes, and a vote by ten men to determine the future of two competing towns.
 

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Contents

Section 1
381
Section 2
389
Section 3
394
Section 4
400
Section 5
404
Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
421
Section 16
482
Section 17
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Section 18
491
Section 19
496
Section 20
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Section 21
508
Section 22
516
Section 23
525

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
445
Section 13
454
Section 14
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Section 15
471
Section 24
529
Section 25
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Section 26
540
Section 27
546
Section 28
550
Section 29
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About the author (2005)

    Norman Gilliland has hosted weekday classical music broadcasts since 1977, beginning in Florida and continuing in Wisconsin. He is the creator of Grace Notes for a Year: Stories of hope, Humor, and Hubris from the World of Classical Music, which has become a daily feature on a number of public radio stations nationwide. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin. This is his first novel.

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