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The Last Days of Dogtown

The Last Days of Dogtown

(2005)
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A magnificent storyteller with vast imaginative range, Anita Diamant gave voice to the silent women of the Old Testament in The Red Tent. Now, in her third novel, she brings to vivid life an early New England world that history has forgotten.

Set on Cape Ann in the early 1800s, The Last Days of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and "witches." Nearly a decade ago, Diamant found an account of an abandoned rural backwater near the Massachusetts coastline at the turn of the nineteenth century. That pamphlet inspired a stunning novel about a small group of eccentrics and misfits, struggling in a harsh, isolated landscape only fifty miles north of Boston, yet a world away.

Among the inhabitants of Dogtown are Black Ruth, an African woman who dresses as a man and works as a stone mason; Mrs. Stanley, an imperious madam whose grandson, Sammy, comes of age in her rural brothel; Oliver Younger, who survives a miserable childhood at the hands of a very strange aunt; and Cornelius Finson, a freed slave whose race denies him everything. At the center of it all is Judy Rhines, a fiercely independent soul, deeply lonely, who nonetheless builds a life for herself and inspires those around her to become more generous and tolerant themselves.

This is a story of hardship and resilience -- and an extraordinary re-creation of an untold chapter of early American life. With a keen ear for language and profound compassion for her characters, Diamant has written her most moving and powerful novel.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2006 : UK Hardback
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown
Author(s): Anita Diamant
ISBN: 1-4050-4967-7 / 978-1-4050-4967-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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September 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown
Author(s): Anita Diamant
ISBN: 0-7862-7833-1 / 978-0-7862-7833-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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August 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel
Author(s): Anita Diamant
ISBN: 0-7432-2573-2 / 978-0-7432-2573-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

August 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown
Author(s): Anita Diamant
ISBN: 0-330-44171-X / 978-0-330-44171-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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August 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown
Author(s): Anita Diamant
ISBN: 0-330-49167-9 / 978-0-330-49167-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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July 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown
Author(s): Anita Diamant
ISBN: 1-59413-150-3 / 978-1-59413-150-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Distribution
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June 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel
Author(s): Anita Diamant
ISBN: 0-7432-2574-0 / 978-0-7432-2574-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown
Author(s): Anita Diamant
ISBN: 0-333-98937-6 / 978-0-333-98937-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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2005 : Australia Paperback
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown : In the First Decades of the Nineteenth Century, Located on a Rocky Outcrop on Cape Ann, the Northernmost Boundary of Massachusetts Bay, There Was Once a Place Called Dogtown
Author(s): Anita Diamant
ISBN: 1-74114-756-5 / 978-1-74114-756-8 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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Audio Editions

December 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown
Author(s): Anita Diamant
ISBN: 1-4193-6284-4 / 978-1-4193-6284-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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December 2005 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown
Author(s): Anita diamont
ISBN: 1-4193-6286-0 / 978-1-4193-6286-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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September 2005 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel
Author(s): Anita Diamant
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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September 2005 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel
Author(s): Anita Diamant
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel
Author(s): Anita Diamant
ISBN: 0-7435-5097-8 / 978-0-7435-5097-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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August 2005 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel
Author(s): Anita Diamant
ISBN: 0-7435-5098-6 / 978-0-7435-5098-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel
Author(s): Anita Diamant
Publisher: Scribner
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March 2007 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel
Author(s): Anita Diamant
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon UK   



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