The Resurrectionist

The Resurrectionist

by Matthew Guinn


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The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn

"A fine gothic novel…Be warned: Corpses abound." —Washington PostAt South Carolina Medical College, Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career—working university public relations—takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves are unearthed on campus.In a parallel narrative set in the nineteenth century, Nemo ("no man"), a university slave purchased for his unusual knife skills, becomes an unacknowledged member of the surgical faculty by day—and by night, a "resurrectionist," responsible for procuring bodies for medical study. An unforgettable character, by turns apparently insouciant, tormented, and brilliant, Nemo will seize his self-respect in ways no reader can anticipate.With exceptional storytelling pacing and skill, Matthew Guinn weaves together past and present to relate a Southern Gothic tale of shocking crimes and exquisite revenge.A 2014 Edgar Award Finalist for Best First Novel.

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ISBN-13: 9780393348811
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/04/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 666,975
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Matthew Guinn's first novel, The Resurrectionist, was a finalist for the Edgar Award. A native Atlantan, he now lives with his family in Jackson, Mississippi.

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The Resurrectionist: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guinn's novel, a sure contender for the P.E.N. Award, is a brilliant exploration of what we once characterized as the sins of the fathers--in this case the terrible costs of slavery. But the slave at the heart of this story (in a series of artfully managed flashbacks to the era when Sherman's troops burned Columbia, SC) is a Django more plausible than the recently popular movie character. Guinn's eye for the hypocrisies with which accountability is dodged or postponed in the American present is unerring. This is a taut tale, told with great economy and the more powerful for it. In the grand tradition of Faulkner, a story set in the south offers abundant insight into the human condition.
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Very Entertaining!