The Land

The Land

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by David Allan Barker
     
 

George Barnes is a salt-of-the-earth man with a practical approach to life. And so he doesn’t think twice about looking on as the undertaker prepares his mother’s body. But once the body is lowered into the ground, the old woman haunts George in his dreams, not as she was in life, but as he saw her in death, with cotton balls in her eye sockets and her

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George Barnes is a salt-of-the-earth man with a practical approach to life. And so he doesn’t think twice about looking on as the undertaker prepares his mother’s body. But once the body is lowered into the ground, the old woman haunts George in his dreams, not as she was in life, but as he saw her in death, with cotton balls in her eye sockets and her jaws wired shut. George is convinced that, with the mute movements of her jaws, she is accusing him. He should never have allowed his mother to be embalmed; it was an indignity to her body.

The following spring, as the dreams are subsiding, a farming accident shatters the Barnes family. While Emily Barnes is walking through the drive shed, Ford, the eldest son, throws the tractor into reverse and pins her to the wall. Faced with his wife’s body, George can’t help but remember his mother’s accusation, and so, with the help of his boys, he wraps his wife in a shroud and buries her beneath her favourite maple tree.

George has no choice but to keep the burial a secret, but this decision results in fresh hauntings which draw him into a paranoid anti-government jag. He and his sons tumble into a confrontation with the law that proves as twisted and as dark as George’s dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011292996
Publisher:
David Allan Barker
Publication date:
05/02/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
248 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Land 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
peacedanceCR More than 1 year ago
and I usually don't review those, but after getting past the first part (he's an organic farmer) the story really got interesting and I couldn't put it down. On the surface, idyllic farm life and small community prevails, but underneath is where all the action is. You're just pulled into the mind of a man trying to live a simple life that gets horribly twisted along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for a good read. I enjoyed the whimsical writing style about the farm, then the story started. It built up to a great ending. It could have been any of us.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was the best book ov read in my life........jk lol