Homebody: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Jan 6, 1999 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Damaged Houses

A master craftsman, Don Lark could fix everything except what mattered, his own soul. After tragedy claimed the one thing he loved, he began looking for dilapidated houses to buy, renovate, and resell at a profit--giving these empty shells the second chance at life he denied himself.

Damaged Souls

Then in a quiet Southern town, Lark finds his biggest challenge: a squalid yet sturdy mansion that has suffered decades of abuse at the hands of greedy landlords and transient tenants. While two charming old neighbor ladies ply him with delicious cooking, they offer dire warnings about the house's evil past. But there is something about this building that pushes Lark on, even as its enchantments grow increasingly ominous. Will finishing the house offer Lark redemption, or unleash the darkest forces of damnation upon him?

 

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Contents

New House 1
Rediscovery 6
Motivated Seller 13
Inspection 25
Doors 46
Lemonade 74
Squatter 95
Closing 108
Daughters 228
Wrecking Bar 251
Tunnel 275
Ballroom 292
Questions 307
McCoy 323
Answers 339
Lissy 359

Helping Hands 137
Tearing Up Tearing Down 153
Hot Water 183
Garlic 213
Reunion 380
Freedom 421
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About the author (1999)

Orson Scott Card has won several Hugo and Nebula Awards for his works of speculative fiction, among them the Ender series and The Tales of Alvin Maker. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife and four children.

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