By W. D. Wetherell

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ISBN-13: 9780472021611

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Winner of the 2004 Michigan Literary Fiction Award for novelA haunting tale of the ability of dying, the ache of loss, and the opportunity of hope."Gripping, damning, and transfixing."---Entertainment Weekly" . . . possesses a time-bending gravity. . . . [A] small vintage of sleek language and earned emotion."---San Francisco Chronicle". . . a superbly written novel of warfare and the wrenching grief and unanswerable questions it leaves in its wake. . . . A Century of November is stuffed with specified, startling imagery and stylish, richly poetic description---Wetherell turns out certainly incapable of writing a lazy sentence---and this final element of the unconventional is as surreal, hypnotic and harrowing as any literature in fresh reminiscence. the whole lot, actually, is a jewel, an unforgettable old novel that Wetherell has rigorously (and artfully) seeded with a great deal of modern resonance." ---Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)"A poignant, probing tale. . . . Wetherell's prose and personality writing are unflinching . . . [and his] tackle a parent's ache is deeply moving."---Publishers Weekly "A well timed reminder of the devastation of mortal strive against. . . ."---Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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It wasn't normal crying, sad crying, but something a hundred times more essential and desperate, as if the sadness, as it emerged from the woman's throat, was being tortured and flailed. He pushed on the door, but it was locked. He decided to go for the steward, had started up the corri­ dor, when he heard another sound coming from the next cabin down, 17B. It was the same kind of sound, only from a weaker source. Softer wails, coming quicker, with gagging intakes of breath. He put his mouth to the door.

Killed, then missing. " "A stretcher team sent to fetch his corpse. Shell finds them. The stretcher bearers all killed, maybe all four, maybe just three. The body blown off the stretcher and sunk in the mud. Red identity disc already gathered, green identity disc left in place on the body. An entry has to be made in company records. Killed-missing. What it means in practical terms is that there is no specific cemetery I can send you to even if I could send you. " Marden listened to this with difficulty.

Grit in the turbines? The complaints of gears? Must remember to ask the second officer for an explanation. VIII Susan Marshall spent much of the next day with him, the third at sea. The weather continued fine, so much of this was on deck, leaning up against the rail, or sitting in deck chairs, her with a blanket around her shoulders, him braving it out with only his coat. She could talk eas­ ily and calmly about her husband. He had been a lawyer in small-town Ohio, a man who served on the boards of charities, volunteered his time-the kind of good, stolid, accepting man who wouldn't give history any problems.

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