The Obituary Writer (Hardcover)

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March 2013 Indie Next List

“Vivien, who suffered an incredible loss in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, helps others cope with their grief by making their lost loved ones come alive on the page. Claire, a young wife and mother in suburban Washington, D.C., who is caught up in the excitement of the 1960 Kennedy inauguration, wants 'more' but she's not quite sure 'more' of what. Theirs are compelling lives of love and loss, romance and friendship, marriage and motherhood, promises made and unreasonable hopes kept alive, and the mystery that is their connection. Literary mystery, love story, and historical fiction -- all beautifully told with expertly drawn characters make this one great novel!”
— Judy Crosby, Island Books, Middletown, RI


A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of seven novels, including Ruby and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine. She has won the Pushcart Prize and a Best American Spiritual Writing award for her nonfiction. Her essays and short stories have appeared in DoubleTake, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and many other publications. She lives with her husband and children in Providence, Rhode Island.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393081428
ISBN-10: 0393081427
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: March 4th, 2013
Pages: 304
Language: English