The Resource The life we bury : a novel, Allen Eskens

The life we bury : a novel, Allen Eskens

Label
The life we bury : a novel
Title
The life we bury
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Allen Eskens
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran -- and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl's conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it's too late to escape the fallout?
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"College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl's conviction. But by the time Joe discovers the truth, it is too late to escape the fallout"--
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
LibraryReads Favorites, 2014
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Provided by publisher
Awards note
Minnesota Book Award winner
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10356455
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Eskens, Allen
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3605.S49
LC item number
L54 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Detective Max Rupert
Series volume
1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • Dysfunctional families
  • College students
  • Older prisoners
  • Life imprisonment
  • Autistic people
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Minnesota
  • Minnesota
  • Autistic people
  • College students
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Life imprisonment
  • Older prisoners
  • Veterans
  • Minnesota
Target audience
adult
Label
The life we bury : a novel, Allen Eskens
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn870663464
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9781616149987
Lccn
2014016018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)870663464
Label
The life we bury : a novel, Allen Eskens
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn870663464
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9781616149987
Lccn
2014016018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)870663464

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