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The Obituary Writer

(2000)
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Gordie Hatch is twenty-two, charmingly naive, and certain that his first job as a writer for the ST LOUIS INDEPENDENT'S obituary page will be a stepping stone to a crackerjack career in journalism. The year is 1989, and Gordie watches helplessly while dramatic events -- the very events that could be his lucky break -- unfold in the world around him. But nothing can prepare him for the call he gets from Alicia Whiting, a young widow with an accent he can't quite place. When Gordie agrees to meet Alicia, against his better judgment, his journalistic curiosity quickly turns into an obsessive search for the outrageous truth behind the Whiting family. Shot through with affectionate humor and surprising twists and turns, THE OBITUARY WRITER introduces an author of enormous talent and heart. Porter Shreve brings a deft touch to the moments that mark a young person's entrance into the world, and a sharp eye to the ways in which the lead story can be wonderfully, seductively misleading.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Taut, compelling, and moving... beautifully written, engrossing from start to finish." - Tim O'Brien


Used availability for Porter Shreve's The Obituary Writer

Hardback Editions

June 2000 : USA Hardback

Title: Obituary Writer
Author(s): Porter Shreve
ISBN: 1-4177-1152-3 / 978-1-4177-1152-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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Paperback Editions

June 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Obituary Writer
Author(s): Porter Shreve
ISBN: 0-395-98132-8 / 978-0-395-98132-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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Kindle Editions

June 2000 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Obituary Writer
Author(s): Porter Shreve
Publisher: Mariner Books
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