Tethered: A Novel

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Crown/Archetype, Aug 12, 2008 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Clara Marsh is an undertaker who doesn’t believe in God. She spends her solitary life among the dead, preparing their last baths and bidding them farewell with a bouquet from her own garden. Her carefully structured life shifts when she discovers a neglected little girl, Trecie, playing in the funeral parlor, desperate for a friend.

It changes even more when Detective Mike Sullivan starts questioning her again about a body she prepared three years ago, an unidentified girl found murdered in a nearby strip of woods. Unclaimed by family, the community christened her Precious Doe. When Clara and Mike learn Trecie may be involved with the same people who killed Precious Doe, Clara must choose between the stead-fast existence of loneliness and the perils of binding one’s life to another.


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This is a difficult book for me to rate. I want to give the first half 4 stars and the conclusion 2 stars. The writing itself was wonderful and I read the book in one sitting. However, parts of the ... Read full review

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Clara Marsh is an undertaker whose past has caused her to be more comfortable in the company of the dead than with the living. She doesn't seem to have much capacity to enjoy life outside the mortuary ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
31
Section 4
37
Section 5
51
Section 6
61
Section 7
69
Section 8
77
Section 19
161
Section 20
167
Section 21
171
Section 22
178
Section 23
189
Section 24
194
Section 25
201
Section 26
207

Section 9
85
Section 10
93
Section 11
99
Section 12
107
Section 13
113
Section 14
124
Section 15
134
Section 16
138
Section 17
151
Section 18
156
Section 27
212
Section 28
219
Section 29
225
Section 30
229
Section 31
235
Section 32
240
Section 33
247
Section 34
259
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About the author (2008)

AMY MacKINNON is a former congressional aide whose commentaries have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, the Seattle Times, and on National Public Radio and This American Life. This is her first novel.


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