The flicker of old dreams : a novel / Susan Henderson.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Finding fulfillment in her job as an embalmer in her father's small town mortuary, outsider Mary bonds with a villainized local who was blamed for a fatal accident twenty years earlier, a friendship that compels her to consider what might happen if she were to leave their fading community.
    • Notes:
      43
    • ISBN:
      9780062834072
      006283407X
    • Accession Number:
      2018001701
    • Accession Number:
      neos.8191867
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HENDERSON, S. The flicker of old dreams : a novel. First edition. [s. l.]: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018. ISBN 9780062834072. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8191867&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 20 fev. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Henderson S. The Flicker of Old Dreams : A Novel. First edition. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8191867&custid=s3443875. Accessed February 20, 2020.
    • APA:
      Henderson, S. (2018). The flicker of old dreams : a novel (First edition.). Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Henderson, Susan. 2018. The Flicker of Old Dreams : A Novel. First edition. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8191867&custid=s3443875.
    • Harvard:
      Henderson, S. (2018) The flicker of old dreams : a novel. First edition. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8191867&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 20 February 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Henderson, S 2018, The flicker of old dreams : a novel, First edition., Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, viewed 20 February 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Henderson, Susan. The Flicker of Old Dreams : A Novel. First edition., Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8191867&custid=s3443875.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Henderson, Susan. The Flicker of Old Dreams : A Novel. First edition. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8191867&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Henderson S. The flicker of old dreams : a novel [Internet]. First edition. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers; 2018 [cited 2020 Feb 20]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8191867&custid=s3443875

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 February #1

Petroleum, Montana, is a town easily missed, a place without fast-food chains or cell service, where people know the true meaning of hard work. Rocked by tragedy decades earlier, Petroleum never recovered. Neighbors hold tight to resentment, and the population dwindles away. In her second novel, Henderson (Up from the Blue, 2010) brings this dying community to life, detailing the lives of eccentric residents surrounded by a harsh yet beautiful environment. The novel's main character, Mary, is an introvert who works as an embalmer in her father's mortuary. Unable to connect with the living, Mary finds comfort in her unusual career and channels herself into the care of the deceased until a neighbor suddenly returns and changes everything. Mary sees the town in a new light, witnessing the same cruel intolerance she's been trying to escape for years. Henderson's latest tackles the difficult moments of life and death, weighing security against doubt, loyalty versus selfishness, and what it costs to give up everything to find one's true self. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 November #1

Mary Crampton has spent her entire life in Petroleum, a fading heartlands town, but still gets treated gingerly by townsfolk because she works as an embalmer in her father's mortuary. Then she becomes involved with outcast Robert, who's returned to tend to his dying mother, and wonders if maybe there's a life beyond. From a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee; a 30,000-copy first printing.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 January #3

Henderson's grim and meaty second novel (after Up from the Blue) tackles the subject of death in an all-consuming way. The fictional town in which the story is set, Petroleum, Mont., population 182, has been dying for over two decades, since an accident in a grain elevator took the life of a local high schooler and shut down the town's main source of employment. The protagonist is the mortician's daughter, Mary, who embalms bodies in the basement of her father's house. She is a shy misfit whose dreams of becoming an artist have long since been extinguished, though she remains awed by the majesty of the barren landscape into which she was born. The townspeople resent that their town is dead, and none are content, although Henderson allows readers an occasional glimpse of stolen laughs and stolen love. When the dead teen's brother, Robert, returns to keep his mother company in her dying days, the community's old resentments resurface. Meanwhile, in Robert, Mary finds a soul mate and a fellow oddball who does not conform to the expectations of parents or townspeople. Henderson gives a glimmer of hope for the future at the end of this meditation on death, grief, and emotional freedom, resulting in a contemplative and memorable novel. (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.