The Resurrectionist (Paperback)
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393348811, 304pp.
Publication Date: August 4, 2014
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"A fine gothic novel…Be warned: Corpses abound." —Washington Post
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.
A 2014 Edgar Award Finalist for Best First Novel.
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Praise For The Resurrectionist: A Novel…
— Andre Dubus III, author of Townie and House of Sand and Fog
The enigmatic body thief Nemo elevates the pulse rate on this haunted history lesson.
— Tray Butler
Guinn’s fascinating, occasionally macabre, and engrossing novel offers a story of redemption and renewal while revealing the uncomfortable details about the historical practice of procuring human cadavers for doctors in training.
An engrossing tale…weav[ing] crime, social commentary and revenge.
— Susan O'Bryan
Strong pacing, interesting lead characters, well-framed moral questions, and clever resolutions to both prongs of the story are the hallmarks of this winning debut.
— Neil Hollands
The Resurrectionist is a spectacular novel that seamlessly connects fact and fiction, past and present. Matthew Guinn is a novelist who possesses that rarest and most underrated of literary gifts—how to tell a story in such a way that the reader surrenders completely to its power.
— Ron Rash, author of Serena