The Resource The life we bury : a novel, Allen Eskens

The life we bury : a novel, Allen Eskens

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The life we bury : a novel
Title
The life we bury
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Allen Eskens
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl's conviction. But by the time Joe discovers the truth, it is too late to escape the fallout"--
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Summary
"College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl's conviction. But by the time Joe discovers the truth, it is too late to escape the fallout"--
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10356455
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1963-
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Eskens, Allen
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3605.S49
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Max Rupert novels
Series volume
0001
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  • College students
  • Veterans
  • Dysfunctional families
Target audience
adult
Label
The life we bury : a novel, Allen Eskens
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Some copies may include a sneak preview of "The guise of another."
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
317 pages
Isbn
9781616149987
Lccn
2014016018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
The life we bury : a novel, Allen Eskens
Publication
Copyright
Note
Some copies may include a sneak preview of "The guise of another."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
317 pages
Isbn
9781616149987
Lccn
2014016018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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