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This is the story of the trials that beset the McKinnons, the first family of Mattagash, Maine, when they try to arrange a funeral for the family matriarch. Bubbling with quirky humor, this marks a dazzling debut for a gifted and richly talented young writer.
"Cathie Pelletier is absolutely, inherently funny, yet she can walk the tightrope between humor and grief without once losing her balance.
" - The Los Angeles Times
"An ambitious, fearless novelist. The Funeral Makers established Cathie Pelletier as one of the funniest novelists at work in this country today, but now she has clearly emerged as one of the very best." - The Washington Post
"The most touching, funny and dryly astute characters to come along since the irresistible eccentrics of Eudora Welty...Pelletier is a writer of great craft.
" - The Boston Globe
"A fresh intelligent voice describing a hidden pocket of life that few people see...humorous and poignant...Pelletier's characters have universal appeal." - Boston Sunday Herald
"A bitingly funny and highly original novelist." - Vogue
"Cathie Pelletier's got the formula right, combining warmth, humor and insight in roughly equal proportions.
" - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Pelletier has demonstrated that she's a master of the art." - Chicago Tribune
"Masterful work...subversive, humorous, and heartbreaking." - Publishers Weekly
"A writer with a genius for vernacular." - Detroit Free Press
Posted November 17, 2012
A lyrical telling of the lives of people living in rural Maine and those passing through. No matter where you live, you'll recognize your neighbors, your family and yourself in her stories. Funeral Makers is like life itself, incredibly funny and terribly painful. This is a book to read, pass along to friends, and then to read again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.