THE SIN EATERS.

Beahrs, Andrew.

ISBN 10: 1592642365 / ISBN 13: 9781592642366
Published by New Milford, CT: The Toby Press, (2008.) dj, 2008
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Highly praised historical novel, set in Jacobean England and in the New World at Jamestown- the story of three fugitives, each of them escaping something in their past: Bill, the sin eater, who believes that he contains the sins of the dead; Sarah, an elderly woman fleeing the despotic lord whom she dared to stand up against, and Mary, a woman fleeing her cruel husband. SIGNED on the title page. 237 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. LIMITED TIME SALE: All prices shown have been REDUCED by 25% for the ABEBOOKS SALE. Dust jacketsare protected with archival covers, and books are carefully packed for shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 52340

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Title: THE SIN EATERS.

Publisher: New Milford, CT: The Toby Press, (2008.) dj

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The journey begins when Sarah, a strong, aging, haunted woman, defies Sam Ridley, lord of her small English village. After a cruel punishment prompts Sarah's swift, unforgettable revenge, Ridley takes his own brutal oath of vengeance. Forced to flee the village, Sarah meets Bill, a sin eater, who believes himself infected by the crimes of the unforgiven dead. Sarah's compelling need to heal Bill - and her own wounded memories - binds them together more strongly than blood. Together with Mary, a young girl freed from the prison of a cold, unwilling marriage, they flee for the coast across a landscape haunted by memory."The Sin Eaters" follows this unforgettable company through the meadows, rain-soaked forests, and thriving cities of a spellbindingly reimagined Jacobean England. Their flight from the vengeance of the proud, murderous Sam Ridley will bring them face-to-face with their own pasts - and to a fate as unexpected as it is moving.

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Set in early 1600s England, this novel portrays two "sin eaters": Sarah, a widow carrying the guilt of allowing her husband to murder for her sake, and Bill, a man coerced into eating bread and drinking wine that has been laid on the dead to soak up their sins. Hunted by a man she insulted, Sarah leaves town with her few possessions and soon encounters Bill, who is half-crazed with the burden of others' sins. Sarah promises Bill that her herb lore will purge him of the sins he has eaten and later helps Mary, a merchant's daughter sold into her husband's keeping for her father's debts. But returning Mary to her home brings unexpected troubles. Boasting complex characters and a story kept fresh by switching among different narrators, this novel is at its best in its depictions of Jacobean England; the social structure and economic realities of the time are beautifully portrayed. However, the text may be slowgoing for those unfamiliar with the time period and slang, and the prolog is so confusing that readers may be tempted to skip it. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.—Amy Ford, St. Mary's Cty. Lib., Lexington Park, MD
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