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The Inquest - Hardscrabble Books (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 15/12/2006
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In 1830, Experience "Speedy" Goodrich died after undergoing an abortion in Burlington, Vermont. This tragedy and the resulting inquiry provide the foundation for Jeffrey D. Marshall's meticulously researched first novel. From the vibrant intellectual life of the University of Vermont to the public outcry over grave-robbing medical students in search of subjects for dissection, and from the progressive social movements of the day to the commercial bustle of a thriving inland port, Marshall offers a compelling portrait of the city and the era. Speedy's death and the subsequent inquest are described by three narrators: Charles Daggett, a student at the UVM medical school who is accused of procuring - and some say actually performing - the abortion; Stephen Decatur Parker, an undergraduate who is drafted to serve as scribe for the inquest into Goodrich's death; and Nancy Goodrich Proctor, the sister of the deceased. Daggett and Proctor were real, while Parker is entirely fictional. Marshall gives them distinct and compelling voices as they recount the events of the tragedy and its personal consequences for each of them. The 1830s were a time of great social, political, and religious upheaval. As in our own time, abortion, religious fundamentalism, and civil liberties were topics of heated debate. Marshall places Speedy Goodrich's story in the context of these enduring controversies in a work of fiction that is both dramatic and historically plausible.

Publisher: University of Vermont Press
ISBN: 9781584655718
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Jeffrey Marshall has made an impressive debut and a delightful contribution to Vermont history." --Vermont Today
"We get a strong sense of [the narrator's] distinct values and priorities . . . [Marshall has] a sense of how people wrote and spoke."--Seven Days (Burlington, VT)
"[An] accomplished first novel . . . Marshall has drawn a rich and persuasive portrait of one of the most tumultuous and radical periods in American history."--Valley News
"We get a strong sense of the narrator's distinct values and priorities . . . Marshall has a sense of how people wrote and spoke."--Seven Days (Burlington, VT)
" An accomplished first novel . . . Marshall has drawn a rich and persuasive portrait of one of the most tumultuous and radical periods in American history."--Valley News
"If you were ever curious about what life was like in Burlington in the early nineteenth century, then Jeffrey Marshall has written the book for you... Marshall draws a complex portrait of life during this tumultuous time in our country... the story... resonate[s] with readers today." --Vermont Sunday Magazine
"Jeffrey Marshall provides a well-rounded provocative historical fiction tale that parallels much of the contemporary abortion controversy. Readers are hooked from the opening brief statement by Adams and never lets go as each of the three other protagonists provides their account of the deadly event."--Midwest Book Review
"The writer of historical fiction sails on potentially perilous waters . . . Jeffrey Marshall . . . has taken on the challenge. In my view, he has succeeded. His novel tells a fictional story that holds our interest. It also paints a detailed and well-researched picture of Burlington in 1830 . . . Readers of many sorts of background and interest will find it entertaining, thoughtful, and educational."--Vermont History

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