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The Resource Bowlaway

Bowlaway

Label
Bowlaway
Title
Bowlaway
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth McCracken
Title variation
Bowl away
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alleyFrom the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century—nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person—Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts. She has no past to speak of, or at least none she is willing to reveal, and her mysterious origin scandalizes and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her. But Bertha is plucky, tenacious, and entrepreneurial, and the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford's most defining landmark—with Bertha its most notable resident. When Bertha dies in a freak accident, her past resurfaces in the form of a heretofore-unheard-of son, who arrives in Salford claiming he is heir apparent to Truitt Alleys. Soon it becomes clear that, even in her death, Bertha's defining spirit and the implications of her obfuscations live on, infecting and affecting future generations through inheritance battles, murky paternities, and hidden wills. In a voice laced with insight and her signature sharp humor, Elizabeth McCracken has written an epic family saga set against the backdrop of twentieth-century America. Bowlaway is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family's myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide
Summary
An unconventional New England family faces scandal, inheritance battles and questions of paternities as viewed through their three generations of owning and operating a candlepin bowling alley in the town of Salford, Massachusetts
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
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10755026
Cataloging source
DLC
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McCracken, Elizabeth
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Bowlaway
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:d791d025-5da5-4130-941d-6c537a55eefc
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780062862877
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Bowlaway
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:d791d025-5da5-4130-941d-6c537a55eefc
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780062862877
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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