The Last Days of Dogtown

The Last Days of Dogtown

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Endeavoring to build a life for herself in a dying early nineteenth-century New England town, Judy Rhines struggles with feelings of profound loneliness and impacts the lives of Black Ruth, a freed slave who dresses as a man and works as a stone mason; Mrs. Stanley, an imperious madam; and Oliver, who overcomes a painful childhood. By the author of The Red Tent. 200,000 first printing.

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Endeavoring to build a life for herself in a dying early nineteenth-century New England town, Judy Rhines struggles with feelings of profound loneliness and impacts the lives of others, including Black Ruth, a freed slave.

Simon and Schuster
A magnificent storyteller with vast imaginative range, Anita Diamant gave voice to the silent women of the Old Testament in The Red Tent. Now, in her third novel, she brings to vivid life an early New England world that history has forgotten.Set on Cape Ann in the early 1800s, The Last Days of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and "witches." Nearly a decade ago, Diamant found an account of an abandoned rural backwater near the Massachusetts coastline at the turn of the nineteenth century. That pamphlet inspired a stunning novel about a small group of eccentrics and misfits, struggling in a harsh, isolated landscape only fifty miles north of Boston, yet a world away.Among the inhabitants of Dogtown are Black Ruth, an African woman who dresses as a man and works as a stone mason; Mrs. Stanley, an imperious madam whose grandson, Sammy, comes of age in her rural brothel; Oliver Younger, who survives a miserable childhood at the hands of a very strange aunt; and Cornelius Finson, a freed slave whose race denies him everything. At the center of it all is Judy Rhines, a fiercely independent soul, deeply lonely, who nonetheless builds a life for herself and inspires those around her to become more generous and tolerant themselves.This is a story of hardship and resilience -- and an extraordinary re-creation of an untold chapter of early American life. With a keen ear for language and profound compassion for her characters, Diamant has written her most moving and powerful novel.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2005
ISBN: 9780743225731
0743225732
Characteristics: xvi, 263 p. ; 25 cm

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singasong70
Jul 21, 2016

Couldn't get into it. Maybe because the language of the characters (crude, obscene) seemed meant to shock more than illuminate. Didn't like them as people either as in wondering what's going to happen to them so I quit.

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wildamaryllis
Mar 07, 2016

A very good story of people in a small, dying town.

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MRM1349
Jul 02, 2015

If you like good reads that delve in hard times and dealings with them, but very enjoyable, read Angela's Ashes, Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flats, The Sea Wolf etc... I love realism with a spin.
This however, was disgusting
and put me in a foul mood afterward. I was born in New England this just s*cked!

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ncs1961
Dec 27, 2014

A gem about local lore which will spark good little glimmers as you walk the terrain near Gloucester today.

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Uniticchi
Sep 10, 2014

A gem of storytelling....

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juchli
Dec 12, 2012

I read The Read Tent and really enjoyed it, but I found this book to be a lot slower paced and not as interesting.

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21221018293347
Oct 31, 2012

Read this book. What happens when a small community dies? where do its people go? what happens to them? Great peak into an historic era at the hard scrabble lives of the remaining residents of a small town on the east coast of the US. Very worth the read. Definitely my favorite by Anita Diamant.

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azor
Jan 11, 2012

This was a most interesting and enjoyable read. Recommended

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Marie Dyck
Dec 19, 2009

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