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A Prayer for the Dying
The first thing to like about Stewart O’Nan’s slim, gruesome novel is that its hero wears three hats—he’s the local sheriff, undertaker and priest in the town of Friendship, Wisc. That combo becomes a particularly tough role when the outpost is consumed by a brutal epidemic that is killing the locals in shocking fashion. Part-Western, part horror story, this post-Civil War tale, like too much of O’Nan’s work, is an underrated gem.