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Part Falstaff, part King Lear, but all American, Howard Elman was a fifty-something workingman when he burst onto the literary scene in The Dogs of March, the first novel of the Darby Chronicles. Now in this, its seventh installment, the Darby constable is an eighty-something widower who wants to do “a great thing” before he motors off into the sunset.

Maybe Howard achieves this goal, but he manages it in strange, wonderful, and dangerous ways. On his quest he’s aided, abetted, hindered, and befuddled by his middle-aged children, his hundred-year-old hermit friend Cooty Patterson, a voice in his head, and the person he loves most, his grandson, Birch Latour. At 24, Birch has returned to Darby with his friends to take over the stewardship of the Salmon Trust and to launch a video game, Darby Doomsday. At stake is the fate of Darby. And the world? Maybe.

Howard Elman’s Farewell begins as a coming of (old) age story, morphs into a murder mystery, expands into a family saga, and in the end might just follow Howard Elman into the spirit world.

This is a novel for people who like New England fiction with humor, pathos, and just a touch of magical realism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. The Voice
  2. p. 1
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  1. Re In Car Nation
  2. pp. 2-17
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  1. The Centenarian
  2. pp. 18-29
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  1. The Last Great Elm
  2. pp. 30-36
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  1. Decision
  2. pp. 37-45
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  1. The Greek Chorus
  2. pp. 46-64
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  1. Driving for Jesus
  2. pp. 65-80
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  1. First Snow
  2. pp. 81-93
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  1. Auction Barn Surprise
  2. pp. 94-107
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  1. Trail of the Tree
  2. pp. 108-125
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  1. Hi-Tech Tree House
  2. pp. 126-134
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  1. The Master of Mesh
  2. pp. 135-145
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  1. The Best Kind of Relations
  2. pp. 146-154
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  1. The Honcho of Great Meadow Village Childcare
  2. pp. 155-162
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  1. The Awful Answer
  2. pp. 163-172
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  1. Talkin’ Tahoka
  2. pp. 173-189
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  1. Found Elm
  2. pp. 190-202
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  1. Vector Woman
  2. pp. 203-214
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  1. The Centenarian’s Tale of War and Woe
  2. pp. 215-221
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  1. A Mother’s Will
  2. pp. 222-227
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  1. Interstices
  2. pp. 228-244
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  1. Storyboard
  2. pp. 245-255
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  1. Darby Doomsday
  2. pp. 256-262
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  1. Howard Elman’s Farewell
  2. pp. 263-272
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  1. Author Notes
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781611685909
Print ISBN
9781611685411
MARC Record
OCLC
888805939
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-23
Language
English
Open Access
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