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Accordion Crimes

Proulx, E. Annie

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ISBN 10: 0684195488 / ISBN 13: 9780684195483
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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FINE/FINE unread copy protected by Archival Brodart cover. Two creases on the front loose end paper. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000637

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Title: Accordion Crimes

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

A button accordion brought to New Orleans in 1890 by a Sicilian immigrant finds its way into the lives, dreams, fantasies, sorrows, and intimacies of men and women of other immigrant groups in South Dakota, Texas, Montana, Maine, and elsewhere. 350,000 first printing.

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Proulx found fertile, if rocky, soil for her first two novels (Postcards and The Shipping News) in the far northeastern corner of North America. In Accordion Crimes she ranges much further afield. The novel follows an accordion from the hands of its maker in Sicily in 1890 until it is flattened by a truck in Florida in 1996. In the intervening century it passes through the hands of a host of unlucky owners and their kin: Abelardo Relampago, who dies from the bite of a poisonous spider; Dolor Gagnon, decapitated by his own chain saw; Silvano, cut down in the jungles of Venezuela by an Indian's arrow.

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