The Undertaker's Wife
The undertaker practices the Dismal Trade with consummate skill. He has raised it to an art through the high craft of the Connable Method. He has transformed the ugliness of death into a thing of dignity and beauty. Victims brutalized by war, street fights, tavern brawls, ambushes, fires, every hazard in a raw West - these, in his hands, become presentable. Everywhere on the frontier, which erupts with life and death, he offers his skill: to the rich of San Francisco, to the bawds and ruffians of the Barbary Coast, to Kansas cowboys, outlaws, soldiers, and sheriffs. He is devoted to dignifying the dead. The undertaker's wife is devoted to making her marriage whole, in spite of the tragedy that surrounds it; and most especially in spite of the tragedy that, one terrible afternoon, strikes at its centre. When the undertaker is called to disguise the suicide of a famous financier, it is high drama, for only his art can save America's financial markets. Her task on this day is secret, an act of understanding and dedication. In the end it is the undertaker's wife who, through love, is able to transcend death.
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- Paperback | 288 pages
- 107 x 171mm
- 25 Sep 2009
- St Martin's Press
- New York, United States
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"* "Offers a superlative love story and a fascinating look at a misunderstood vocation." Publishers Weekly"
About Loren D. Estleman
Loren D. Estleman, the author of more than fifty books, is admired for both his novels of the West and his crime novels. A nominee for the National Book Award, he has won five Spur Awards. Estleman lives in Michigan with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.