The Maid's Version: A Novel

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Little, Brown, Sep 3, 2013 - Fiction - 176 pages
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The American master's first novel since Winter's Bone (2006) tells of a deadly dance hall fire and its impact over several generations.

Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri. Her husband is mostly absent, and, in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? The embittered local gypsies? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident?

Alma thinks she knows the answer-and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. Her dogged pursuit of justice makes her an outcast and causes a long-standing rift with her own son. By telling her story to her grandson, she finally gains some solace-and peace for her sister. He is advised to "Tell it. Go on and tell it"-tell the story of his family's struggles, suspicions, secrets, and triumphs.

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Woodrell's writing is concise and clear. - LibraryThing
Certain plot points are still not clear to me. - LibraryThing
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If half stars were available, this would've gotten 2.5 from me. I wanted to LOVE this book. The plot sounded great from the book jacket, but I feel like there wasn't enough TLC in the execution of the ... Read full review

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The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell is one of those quiet little novels of Americana that slowly lift the veil off the portrait of small town America by Norman Rockwell to show the beating dead ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

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