Waiting on Wednesday – The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine
The Maid's Version
   
The Maid’s Version
by Daniel Woodrell
Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown and Company


The American master’s first novel since Winter’s Bone (2006) tells of a deadly dance hall fire and its impact over several generations.


Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri. Her husband is mostly absent, and, in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? The embittered local gypsies? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident? Alma thinks she knows the answer-and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. Her dogged pursuit of justice makes her an outcast and causes a long-standing rift with her own son. By telling her story to her grandson, she finally gains some solace-and peace for her sister. He is advised to “Tell it. Go on and tell it”-tell the story of his family’s struggles, suspicions, secrets, and triumphs.
After recently reading Winter’s Bone (and loving it) I was eager to get my hands on more of Woodrell’s works. I currently own The Bayou Trilogy and will likely get to that one next but I was intrigued by the summary of his newest book due out in September. 

Have you read anything by Daniel Woodrell? Interested in picking this one up when it releases? Leave me a link to your WoW posts and I’ll be sure and stop by!

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