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"Death of An Ordinary Man plays like an answer to the The Lovely Bones . . . . In this superb, uncoercively moving novel, the afterlife is the place where thinking is all that's left to us, which makes it both heaven and hell." Terrence Rafferty, New York Times Book Review (front-cover review)
Death of an Ordinary Man
978-0-8021-7004-0 • $13.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2005
“A dense, subtle, sensitive, perfectly shaped fiction . . . Duncan is an appallingly intelligent writer.” The Guardian (London)
Nathan Clark’s gravestone reads: At rest. But Nathan is not at rest, and knows he won’t be until he finds out why he died. How has he come to hover over his own funeral, a spectral spectator to the grief of his family and friends? Privy now to their innermost thoughts and feelings, Nathan spends the day of his wake getting to know the living as he has never known them before. But why isn’t Nathan’s young daughter Lois at the wake? Who are the two strangers at the funeral, and why does their presence fill him with dread? Nathan knows he has only so long to unlock these mysteries, because he is drawn time and again to a room in his house he never knew existeda room that holds a terrifying secret.