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8 – days of the dead
01.19.2005, 12:04 am
Filed under: fiction

Days of the dead / Agnes Bushell.
Salem, Ore. : John Brown Books, c1995.
[MCL call number: FICTION BUSHELL; one copy, no holds]

This is a story of revolution, rebellion, love, politics, and political tension, largely from the perspective of (you guessed it) some white guy from the United States. This particular white guy is Patrick Day, an out queer linguist from New England who is a volunteer with Guatemalan Unity. Odd, you say? Yes indeed. Assassinations, undercover operations and sneaky tricks, torture, friendship, political drama, love, sex, romance, travel, philosophy, poetry, really this book has it all. (And it’s mostly about some white guy from the United States.)

I don’t know if that sounds like a good recommendation or not, but I really liked this book.

Bushell has written several other novels, including The Enumerator (London ; New York : Serpent’s Tail, 1997; a mystery novel in which the dead body is that of an enumerator who interviewed San Franciscans about their sexual habits as part of an AIDS/HIV study), Local Dieties (Willimantic, CT : Curbstone Press ; New York, NY : Distributed to the trade by the Talman Co., 1990; about the capture and trial of the members of an early 1970s radical sect who’ve been living underground for a dozen years), and a series of mystery novels featuring Maine sleuth Johanna Wilder.

There is an excerpt of Days of the Dead at the Marlboro College Graduate Center website.


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