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A Prayer For The Dying by Stewart O'Nan

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Set in Friendship, Wisconsin shortly after the end of the Civil War, this haunting story of a diphtheria epidemic is a shocking exercise in literary brutality. Jacob Hansen is the constable, deacon and undertaker of a small Wisconsin town who desperately tries to perform his civic duties while trying to protect his family from the terrifying disease that is ravaging his beloved town. As the world collapses around Jacob, so does his sanity, humanity and reasoning.

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