Bone House

Bone House

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Baker & Taylor
When Dora, the village prostitute is found dead at the bottom of a ravine, a young chambermaid serving the mistress of the local manor embarks on a journey to unravel the mystery surrounding Dora's death, in a suspenseful novel set in rural seventeenth-century England. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Bone House evokes seventeenth-century rural England. It is the tale of two women. One is Dora - large, voluptuous, and charismatic - a prostitute to whom men are drawn for pleasure, women for friendship. Her strange death in an icy ravine affects everyone in the tiny village: her enormous, slow-minded son; an embittered midwife; the hunchbacked lord of the manor; his decaying mother; and an itinerant portrait painter, whose arrival in the village unearths secrets and passions beyond anyone's expectations.
The other - young, slight, and solitary - is a dutiful chambermaid to the mistress of the manor until Dora's accident begins to distract her from her daily tasks. Her quest to uncover the truth about the prostitute's mysterious life and sudden death leads her to a terrible discovery, and the beginnings of a future.

Baker
& Taylor

When Dora, the village prostitute, is found dead at the bottom of a ravine, a young chambermaid serving the mistress of the local manor embarks on a journey to unravel the mystery surrounding Dora's death, in a novel set in rural seventeenth-century England.

Simon and Schuster
Gothic, elegant, and suspenseful, Bone House vividly evokes seventeenth-century rural England. It is the tale of two women. One is Dora -- large, voluptuous, and charismatic -- a prostitute to whom men are drawn for pleasure, women for friendship. Her strange death in an icy ravine affects everyone in the tiny village: her enormous, slow-minded son; an embittered midwife; the hunchbacked lord of the manor; his decaying mother; and an itin- erant portrait painter, whose arrival in the village unearths secrets and passions beyond anyone's expectations. The other -- young, slight, and solitary -- is a dutiful chambermaid to the mistress of the manor until Dora's accident begins to distract her from her daily tasks. Her quest to uncover the truth about the prostitute's mysterious life and sudden death leads her to a terrible discovery, and the beginnings of a future. A novel about murder, flesh, fertility, desire, medicine, and art, Bone House transports readers to stratified Elizabethan England, where the body -- or "bone house" -- had a primary role in deter-mining one's destiny. Sensual, sophisticated, and fiercely compelling, this is an uncommonly assured debut.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2001
ISBN: 9780743201964
0743201965
Branch Call Number: F TOB
Characteristics: 219 p. ; 23 cm

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canarymom
Dec 31, 2011

I loved this book from the first page to the last! Plenty of interesting and forward-moving characters and intrigue to keep the plot interesting. Definitely one to reread in the future.
Read it!!!!!

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