Bleeding Kansas

Bleeding Kansas

Large Print - 2008
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Paretsky weaves a gripping contemporary novel around three farm families -- the Grelliers, Fremantles and Schapens -- that can trace their Kaw Valley, Kansas, roots back to the 1850s, a time of violent clashes between antislavery and proslavery forces in Bleeding Kansas. Their shared history is no buffer against the storm of changes that begin with the arrival of Gina Haring, a lesbian Wiccan. Chip Grellier, after being expelled from high school, enlists in the army and is killed in Iraq with devastating effects on his family. The Schapens' fundamentalist doctrines come to the fore when they discover a perfect red heifer in their dairy herd that may be a path to riches as well as to the second coming. Meanwhile, Gina stirs prejudices and passions to a fever pitch. Paretsky taps a different vein and strikes gold in this timely tale of fear and conflict in heartland America.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's, 2008.
ISBN: 9781410403186
Call Number: PARETSKY
Characteristics: 713 p. (large print) ; ǂc ; 22 cm
Subjects: Mystery fiction.
Large type books.
Social conflict -- Kansas -- Fiction.
Conservatism -- Kansas -- Fiction.
Fundamentalists -- Kansas -- Fiction.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Protest movements -- Fiction.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Influence -- Fiction.
Rural families -- Kansas -- Fiction.

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cmb8
Jul 14, 2014

hard to get into

extraterrestrial_beings Feb 01, 2012

It was interesting but a little to sketchy for me, but the structure of writing was pretty nice.

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lpreston214
Nov 03, 2011

In the 1800s three families, Schapen, Grellier and Freemantle worked together and helped each other as they struggled to settle Kansas farmland. 150 years later, the Freemantles are gone and Schapens and Grelliers hate each other with savage venom. Enter, Gina, a Feemantle from New York to stay in the ancestral mansion, trying to pick up the pieces of her life in the city. What follows is a crazy and sometimes heart wrenching series of events. From manic/depressive Susan Grellier and her son's death in Iraq to Wiccan Gina and her pagan rituals to a holy calf being raised by Schapens and their fundamentalist church. All comes to a frenzied head on Halloween night. No one escapes tragedy as religious fervor, ignorance and fear drive people to commit heinous acts. All of the characters in this character driven story are flawed and search for truth and meaning to their lives. A great read.

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