The Mineral Palace

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G.P. Putman's Sons, 2000 - 325 Seiten
"To distract herself, Bena accepts a part-time position as a society reporter for the local paper, following the activities of the town's elite club women - women such as Reimer Lee Jackson, with her plans to restore a crumbling monument to the mining industry, the Mineral Palace, to its former grandeur. Soon Bena finds herself drawn to the seamier side of Pueblo, to a run-down saloon, where she befriends Red Grissom, a taciturn rancher, and to the lurid halls of a rooming house, where she encounters a pregnant prostitute, Maude Hewitt. The question of the unborn baby's paternity leads Bena to uncover not only the sexual corruption on which an entire town is founded, but also the lies that enclose her own marriage and her role as mother. As the two women's lives converge, in ways that shock, Bena is compelled to return to the decaying architecture of the Mineral Palace.

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Nutzerbericht  - bookczuk - LibraryThing

I got about half way through this, then put it down in favor of a book that I was asked to review. I find myself avoiding picking it back up because of the sadness of the story. Call me a wimp, but I need cheerfulness or hopefulness right now. Perhaps I'll explore this again some day. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - bnbookgirl - LibraryThing

This was quite a good book. It takes place in Colorado during the dust bowl years. The setting is quite interesting and the small town comes to life with it quirky inhabitants. Bena, Tom, and their ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

THE STOLEN PILLBOX
1
BUFFALO MASS SUICIDE
26
THE WEDDING TENT
45
Urheberrecht

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Über den Autor (2000)

Heidi Julavits has published short fiction in Esquire, Story, Zoetrope, McSweeney's, and The Best American Short Stories 1999. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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