The Maid's Version
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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 3rd 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 164
Edition language: English
Yeah, baby. Fuck yeah. Woodrell's prose is so fine I want to snort it up my nose and shoot it into my veins. If you've been reading my reviews for a few years, you know that I often can't write proper reviews for the books that impress me the most. I just slap five stars on it and crank out a bun...
This was a novel that shook me up and stayed with me after I finished it. This is the account of a fire that swept through a dance hall in the small town of West Table, Missouri, and left the people who survived with sadness, mourning and anger. Told through the eyes of Alma, one of the residents, w...
Being a big fan of all of his work from 1996 to 2006, this was a bit of a let down, no matter how much I really wanted to like it. It was his first novel in 7 years, and I had an itch that needed to be scratched.While the premise was pretty interesting, the story itself felt like when someone else ...