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When Lucy is little something happens to her brother. He disappears for months and when he returns he’s not the same. He’s not her brother. At least this is what Lucy believes. But what actually happened?
 
Comic, melancholy, haunted, and endlessly inventive, Gregory Howard’s debut novel Hospice follows Lucy later in life as she drifts from job to job caring for dogs, children, and older women—all the while trying to escape the questions of her past only to find herself confronting them again and again.
 
In the odd and lovely but also frightening life of Lucy, everyday neighborhoods become wonderlands where ordinary houses reveal strange inmates living together in monastic seclusion, wayward children resort to blackmail to get what they want, and hospitals seem to appear and disappear to avoid being found.
 
Replete with the sense that something strange is about to happen at any moment, Hospice blurs the borders between the mundane and miraculous, evoking the intensity of the secret world of childhood and distressing and absurd search for a place to call home.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Epigraph, Dedication
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  1. By the side of a road...
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Part 1
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  1. Then she found herself caring...
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  1. A few weeks later she...
  2. pp. 9-17
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  1. The next day Tim and...
  2. pp. 18-28
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  1. That evening when Lucy...
  2. pp. 29-34
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  1. Sometimes, though, she...
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Now, every afternoon...
  2. p. 37
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  1. But then the mother...
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  1. What they needed...
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  1. That night Marinella...
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  1. Children can’t be trusted,...
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  1. Children can’t be...
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  1. The night she was...
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  1. After the dinner was...
  2. pp. 63-71
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  1. Meanwhile, Marinella...
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  1. The next day Lucy...
  2. pp. 78-82
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  1. Part 2
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. When she was still a...
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  1. The problem was...
  2. p. 86
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  1. But there was also...
  2. p. 87
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  1. He came back four...
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  1. Some things were...
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  1. She decided to make...
  2. p. 91
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  1. At night she could...
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  1. She wrote:...
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  1. Then one night he...
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  1. But there was also...
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  1. The mother thought the...
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  1. After that, she and...
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  1. Meanwhile, in the living...
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  1. But it was the girl who...
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  1. The second test was...
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  1. The next time she...
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  1. She went to the room...
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  1. Here is what she...
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  1. Part 3
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  1. Then she got a job...
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  1. When she got back...
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  1. For a while after...
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  1. The next day was...
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  1. When she got back...
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  1. For the next few...
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  1. The orderly stayed...
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  1. The mother didn’t...
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  1. But then, one day,...
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  1. And then for a...
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  1. Sometimes at night...
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  1. After a while, she...
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  1. At the Chateau,...
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  1. That night she told...
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  1. The next day, Lucy...
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  1. Meanwhile, back at...
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  1. It was after the...
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  1. Yes, the mother...
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  1. The mother waited,...
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  1. So she finished...
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  1. As she was leaving...
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  1. That night she...
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  1. But inside the...
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  1. The room was up...
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  1. Meanwhile, in the...
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  1. When Lucy finally...
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  1. The house where...
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  1. That night the orderly...
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  1. Lucy walked home...
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  1. Acknowledgments
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781573668552
Related ISBN
9781573660518
MARC Record
OCLC
904741196
Pages
251
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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