The Deadwood Beetle [NOOK Book]

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Tristan Martens, a retired entomologist, is shaken by the discovery of his mother's sewing table in a New York antique shop. He hasn't seen it since he was a boy in Holland, but he vividly remembers the last time he did. Only Tristan knows the painful truth behind the scrawled - and misunderstood - inscription on the bottom of the table, and he embarks on a scheme to acquire it from the shop's owner, Cora Lowenstein, who insists it's not for ...
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The Deadwood Beetle

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Overview

Tristan Martens, a retired entomologist, is shaken by the discovery of his mother's sewing table in a New York antique shop. He hasn't seen it since he was a boy in Holland, but he vividly remembers the last time he did. Only Tristan knows the painful truth behind the scrawled - and misunderstood - inscription on the bottom of the table, and he embarks on a scheme to acquire it from the shop's owner, Cora Lowenstein, who insists it's not for sale.

But as their lives become entangled, Tristan must make a choice. Can he tell Cora the truth? Begun in deceit, their relationship and Tristan's salvation hinge on his willingness to confront and finally confess the terrible secrets of his family's past.

In startlingly beautiful prose resonant with dramatic tension, Mylène Dressler tells the heartrending story of an old man taking his last chance and struggling toward an elusive redemption and the even more distant hope of love.

“Splendid” —The New York Times
“Elegantly imagined” —The Miami Herald
“A compelling read from start to finish”—The Bloomsbury Review
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Editorial Reviews

The Christian Science Monitor - Ron Charles
The Deadwood Beetle," by Mylène Dressler, is a haunting, demanding story about an old man clinging to strands of stale guilt . . . its execution is perfect. Dressler is a writer of chilling compression and suspense. Almost anything a reviewer might say about the plot would spoil this compelling mystery. What can be said, though, is that Dressler has written a beautiful, sensitive story about the struggles of the heart to beat toward redemption under the weight of its own remorse.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012461926
  • Publisher: Mylene Dressler
  • Publication date: 5/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 145 KB

Meet the Author

Mylène Dressler’s books have been praised by the New York Times as “splendid” and by the Christian Science Monitor as “haunting” and “perfect.” She is the critically-acclaimed author of The Medusa Tree, The Deadwood Beetle, and The Floodmakers. For more information about her work, visit www.mylenedressler.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Marvelous!

    I just ran across this treasure which I read ten years ago and cant believe no one has wriyten a review of it yet! Beautifully written... a fascinating mystery...delicate prose,,,impossible to put down nor forget.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    A Great Read!

    I had the pleasure of reading this novel for a class. Dressler met with my class and discussed her novel with us. She was very open to our interpretations of her work. She is a very invigorating woman and she was very engaging. Aside from her personality, Dressler's book is a fascinating look into humanity and how we perceive our relationships. I recommend this book for a rainy day or anyone interested in family dynamic and how humans interact with one another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2005

    Even more relevant today

    I loved this book! I was fascinated by the contrast between the despair and guilt being shouldered by Tristen, whose family were Nazis during World War II, and the utter disdain for this brooding by his son, who had done a 180 and gone to Texas to join the gun-toting, intolerant religious right. Rebellion by succeeding generations is okay to a point, but this novel makes it clear we should learn from the past, or 'when the jews are gone, we will be the next ones,' will not just be a saying the main character finds scratched on a desk, but our future.

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