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Natchez, Mississippi, in 1933 is a place suspended in time. The silver and china is still dented and cracked from Yankee invaders. And the houses have names...and memories. Nora Bondurant is running away--from her husband's death, from his secrets, and from the ghosts that dog her every step. When she receives a telegram informing her that she has an inheritance, Nora suddenly has somewhere to run to: a house named Avoca in Natchez, Mississippi. Now, she's learning that the lure of Natchez runs deep, and that, along with Avoca, she's inherited a mystery. Nora's aunt Amalia Bondurant was killed in a murder/suicide, and the locals are saying nothing more--except in hushed, honeyed tones. As Nora becomes more and more enmeshed in the community and in her family's history, she learns surprising things about the life and death of her aunt: kinship isn't always what it seems, loyalty can be as fierce as blood relations, and every day we are given new mercies to heal the pain of loss and love.
Praise For New Mercies: A Novel…
“Have you ever felt like you've fallen into a story because the descriptions and characters awaken your senses and take you to another place and time? Sandra Dallas's NEW MERCIES provides this experience for the reader.... Sandra Dallas is a gifted writer who can make history come alive.... Dallas has delivered again.” —Bookreporter.com
“Fans will cherish this powerful historical fiction and seek other works by Ms. Dallas.” —TheBestReviews.com
St. Martin's Griffin, 9780312336202, 320pp.
Publication Date: February 21, 2006