The Coffins of Little Hope

The Coffins of Little Hope

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Esther Myles, an obituary writer in her eighties working for a struggling small-town newspaper, finds herself embroiled in intrigue, stumbling upon the story of her career as the story of a missing girl reaches far and wide, igniting controversy, attracting curiosity-seekers from all over the country to this dying rural town. And what do the gothic tales of Miranda and Desiree, the storybook sisters of Muscatine's series of novels, play in this town's survival and in the enduring mystery of Lenore?
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mhartter
Apr 07, 2013

This story had delightfully quirky characters mired in the far reaching effects of a Nebraska town's mass hysteria. I found it had an interesting slant on the place of magic and delusional thinking in our lives and how we imbue beauty and mystery to things out of a need for thrills; that the excitement found in the ability to conjure beauty is both an act of genius and the pilgrimage undertaken by all of humanity.

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tmb_net
Mar 28, 2013

Did not finish...rather disjointed plot and didn't like any of the characters.
Note: I started reading for a book club but was having a hard time getting thru it..the other book club members said "don't bother"

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rosefeliciano
Aug 06, 2012

This was an interesting book, in large part because it didn't have a big "zinger." Like the small town in Nebraska it was set in, the story had a very easy pace.

I liked most of the characters. The characters I did not like were just weird people. But I did like the story. It was about figuring out what made you happy, being happy with what you have and enjoying your family.

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augustlover
Jun 08, 2012

This book is a bizarre story about an obituary writer, the abduction of a girl who may have been the figment of her mother's imagination, and a teen pop culture novel printed in a tiny town. Quite a random combination of topics, but in this novel, it works.

debwalker Jun 12, 2011

"Bizarre news stories converge when a little girl disappears (or does she?) in the same Nebraska town where the final book in a wildly popular series (think Harry Potter) is being not-so-secretly printed. Memorably narrated by octogenarian obit writer Essie Myles, this is a witty, sometimes profound story about media, mortality and rash acts undertaken in the name of love."
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susettem
Oct 19, 2011

In the small Midwestern town of this novel, 11-year-old Lenore may not be in danger. In fact, even if Lenore was snatched by her mother’s weird boyfriend, she may still be alive. Or maybe Lenore never really existed.

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