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The Deer in the Mirror
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With a song-like voice and deep knowledge of the history and folklore of her native Virginia, Cary Holladay creates dazzling stories of hardship and ecstasy. A young widow romances a German immigrant while weighing a proposal from the colonial governor. Convicted of murdering her master, an enslaved woman is burned at the stake. A breakneck stagecoach ride gives a bricklayer’s apprentice the power to save or destroy his fellow passengers. An aging bachelor despairs of his marriage to a Confederate orphan. A beautiful adventuress joins the 1898 Alaska Gold Rush, charms a violent gangster, and figures out the secret of his fabulous wealth. This seventh book from an award-winning author spans 300 years in the Old Dominion. Holladay’s people fight the wars, battle the floods, and wrest a living from a wilderness where “Time is God’s, not ours”—so says a reformed prostitute whose obsessive love for an amnesiac Yankee soldier defines her life. With a sensuous, lyrical style, Holladay holds a distinctive place in contemporary fiction. All of these stories have appeared in major literary journals and anthologies, including Tin House and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. The Deer in the Mirror
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. The Burning
  2. pp. 21-34
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  1. The Runaway Stagecoach
  2. pp. 35-51
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  1. Every High Hill
  2. pp. 52-65
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  1. The Flood
  2. pp. 66-87
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  1. Ice Hands
  2. pp. 88-101
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  1. The Days of the Peppers
  2. pp. 102-111
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  1. Hitching Post
  2. pp. 112-129
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  1. Heart on a Wire
  2. pp. 130-172
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 185-185
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