A Prayer for the Dying

A Prayer for the Dying

by Stewart O'Nan
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A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O'Nan

Set in Friendship, Wisconsin, just after the Civil War, A Prayer for the Dying tells of a horrible epidemic that has gripped the town in a vice of fear and Death. Jacob Hansen, Friendship's sheriff, undertaker, and pastor, is soon overwhelmed, though he continues to do what he can. Dark, poetic, and chilling,A Prayer for the Dying makes us consider if it's possible to be a good man in atime of madness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568958415
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Series: Wheeler Large Print Book Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 196

About the Author

Stewart O’Nan's novels include Last Night at the Lobster, The Night Country, and Prayer for the Dying. His novel Snow Angels was the basis of the 2007 film of the same name. He is also the author of the nonfiction books The Circus Fire and, with Stephen King, the bestselling Faithful. Granta named him one of the Twenty Best Young American Novelists. He lives in Pittsburgh.


Avon, CT

Date of Birth:

February 4, 1961

Place of Birth:

Pittsburgh, PA


B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Boston University, 1983; M.F.A., Cornell University, 1992

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A Prayer for the Dying 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazingly well written! It actually had a consistent mood that was present throughout. It was both historically interesting and haunting at the same time. I will not forget it for along time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm really at a loss for words. It is a powerful, well written book. His writing style is far above any author of his time. The story line is simple, but fantastic at the same time. I couldn't put this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
O'Nan has captured the sight, taste, smell and feel of death and human waste in this book. Admittedly, it was the first of his books that I read, but it has remained my very favorite. The use of perspective matched with the ability to paint such detailed pictures with so few words is simply awe-inspiring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Onan for years I was truly shocked by the new direction that he took with this book. Amazing. It is not often that one finds a book with such deep themes, and effective metaphors that is also a page turner. The themes and action are so closely entwined that it is the best of both worlds. AND WHAT THEMES! The feeling of death oozes from every line in the book. The only other novels I can think of to accomplish this are Camus (The Plague) and Thomas Mann(Death in Venice). If you are wondering whether or not to order the book then please consider the last time you heard of a book getting compared to the great authors as freely and commonly as this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading a book as powerful and concise as this, one is left to wonder why, with 5 previous books under his belt and only 38 years of age, the author is relatively unknown. This book leaves me scrambling to catch up on the rest of Mr. O'Nan's work. There are no easy answers for the protagonist Jacob Hansen, rendering him a character one cant help but feel empathetic towards. A most engaging story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is not always my rule for rating books, but definitely when a book is a quick read, it deserves high praise from me. I must echo my fellow reviewers by saying this book was tragic and deeply moving to say the least. I would recommend this book to anyone including those that had it in their top ten list of horror books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a literature class I took in 2001. I was amazed by it then and I am still haunted by it today at times. A spectacular example of how an author can keep a reader in the dark - when the reader believes something is true, but that is not the case at all!
Lady_K_92 More than 1 year ago
My husband & I saw this advertised in a horror magazine so I expected it to be a bit more "in your face" kind of horror. It started slow but I figured the pace would pick but it never really did. It's very even keel. The review I read compared Stewart O'Nan to Stephen King - my all time favorite writer. It was less "Carrie" or even "Misery" and more "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon." It's a keeper and I expect to want to read it again in a year or so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I often pass this on to friends or colleagues...as a rite to perspective. It will certainly move you, and leave you haunted for some time to come.
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3tzmom More than 1 year ago
There are not many modern authors that can write with such art and style. The story line is very moving and draws you in instantly. This is a must read and should be on school reading lists! Words can not capture how wonderful this book is!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This has turned out to be my favorite book of all time. Quite by accident, I picked up 'Wisconsin Death Trip' by Michael Lesy, the same night that I finished ' A Prayer for the Dying'. I nearly fell off my sofa. Trust me....the combination of the two books will leave you reeling!