The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish

The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish

by Allan Stratton

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Overview

The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish by Allan Stratton

Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award 2015 — Nominated


Faith healers, movie moguls, and social-climbing fraudsters collide in Depression-era Los Angeles


It’s the Great Depression and Mary Mabel McTavish is suicidal. A drudge at the Bentwhistle Academy for Young Ladies (aka Wealthy Juvenile Delinquents), she is at London General Hospital when little Timmy Beeford is carried into emergency and pronounced dead. He was electrocuted at an evangelical road show when the metal cross on top of the revival tent was struck by lightning. Believing she’s guided by her late mother, Mary Mabel lays on hands. Timmy promptly returns to life.

William Randolph Hearst gets wind of the story and soon the Miracle Maid is rocketing from the Canadian backwoods to ’30s Hollywood. Jack Warner, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Rockettes round out a cast of Ponzi promoters, Bolshevik hoboes, and double-dealing social climbers in a fast-paced tale that satirizes the religious right, media manipulation, celebrity, and greed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459708495
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Allan Stratton is the internationally award-winning author of Chanda's Secrets and Borderline. He is also a playwright whose hits include Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii and Rexy! Stratton's first adult novel, The Phoenix Lottery , was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. He lives in Toronto.

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Kafkascage.com

Miss this book at your peril. You will laugh, cry and quite possibly bust a hernia at some point. It's a breeze to read and strikes a fine balance between an almost childlike feel and a dark, black comedy. Almost Gothic in nature, this is more of a dayglo dream that will sweep you away for the few hours it will take you to read it. It's the perfect read for those long hot summers when you're trying to escape from the mundane realities of life.

Giller Prize-winning author of 419 - Will Ferguson

A glorious romp of a tale featuring a chorus line of characters high-kicking their way across the stage. Religious flimflammery, movie moguls, Hollywood hustlers and dust bowl dreams have never been so fun.

From the Publisher

Miss this book at your peril. You will laugh, cry and quite possibly bust a hernia at some point. It's a breeze to read and strikes a fine balance between an almost childlike feel and a dark, black comedy. Almost Gothic in nature, this is more of a dayglo dream that will sweep you away for the few hours it will take you to read it. It's the perfect read for those long hot summers when you're trying to escape from the mundane realities of life.

author of Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast - Bill Richardson

If Flannery O'Connor had one day slathered on the pancake, decided never again to say 'excuse me,' and set out to write a biography of Aimee Semple McPherson, she might have come up with The Resurrection of of Mary Mabel McTavish. Two-bit evangelists, legendary press barons, perfidious headmistresses, and adolescent miracle workers rampage through Allan Stratton's new novel, a Southern Ontario gothic that crackles with wicked fun. It's hilarious and it's evil: vintage Stratton.

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