Tethered: A Novel

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Shaye Areheart Books, 2008 - Fiction - 263 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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User Review  - cait815 - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - BluesGal79 - LibraryThing

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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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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