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Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken X
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken
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  • First Published:
    Feb 2019, 384 pages
    Paperback:
    Nov 5, 2019, 384 pages

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A whimsical novel exploring the lives of the patrons and staff at a New England candlepin bowling alley in the early 1900s.

This exquisitely written saga centers around a small town candlepin bowling alley in Salford, Massachusetts. It is a generational story—or collection of stories—about the people whose lives are influenced by this town gathering place, beginning in the early 20th century and spanning 50 years.

The book opens with the mysterious appearance of Bertha Truitt, who is found asleep on the grounds of the Salford Cemetery. The watchman, Joe Wear, a teenager who is "uneasy among the living and not much better among the dead," discovers her, and is soon joined by Leviticus Sprague, an African-American doctor. Bertha's only belongings are "one abandoned corset, one small bowling ball, one slender candlepin, and under a false bottom, fifteen pounds of gold." She is taken to the hospital where she soon adopts—or is adopted by—another misfit, Jeptha Arrison, who is recovering...

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