W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393348811, 284pp.
Publication Date: August 4, 2014
At South Carolina Medical College, Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career working university public relations takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves are unearthed on campus.
In a parallel narrative set in the nineteenth century, Nemo ( no man ), a university slave purchased for his unusual knife skills, becomes an unacknowledged member of the surgical faculty by day and by night, a resurrectionist, responsible for procuring bodies for medical study. An unforgettable character, by turns apparently insouciant, tormented, and brilliant, Nemo will seize his self-respect in ways no reader can anticipate.
With exceptional storytelling pacing and skill, Matthew Guinn weaves together past and present to relate a Southern Gothic tale of shocking crimes and exquisite revenge.