In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden

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Wheeler Pub., 2001 - Fiction - 425 pages
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This story imagines the lives that were lived, lost and irreparably changed by a tragedy that could have been averted: Frank Fallon, a Civil War veteran whose wife never recovered from the early death of their children and who finds himself enamored of her best friend; James Talbot, a lawyer for the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club tormented by the blatant disregard for the dam's safety and his own conflicting ambitions; and James's daughter, Nora, whose summerlong courtship by Daniel Fallon, Frank's surviving son, will haunt her for the rest of her life.

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

The novel deals with the Johnstown flood. It's in interesting historical setting and our book club spent some time discussing the class differences (and how / whether they still exist in today's ... Read full review

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User Review  - astrologerjenny - LibraryThing

This is a historical novel about the flood in Johnstown, Penn in 1889. Some of the characters are taken from history, some are invented. The author does a good job of maintaining a sense of foreboding ... Read full review


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Kathleen Cambor is a PEN/Faulkner nominee and author of The Book of Mercy (FSG, 1996). She is the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston and lives in Houston with her husband.

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