The Coffins of Little Hope

The Coffins of Little Hope

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Essie is the octogenarian obituary writer for her family's small town newspaper. When a young country girl is reported to be missing, perhaps whisked away by an itinerant aerial photographer, Essie stumbles onto the story of her life. Or, it all could be simply a hoax, or a delusion, the child and child-thief invented from the desperate imagination of a lonely, lovelorn woman. Either way, the story of the girl reaches far and wide, igniting controversy, attracting curiosity seekers and cult worshippers from all over the country to this dying rural town. And then it is revealed that the long awaited final book of an infamous series of Y.A. gothic novels is being secretly printed on the newspaper's presses. The Coffins of Little Hope tells a feisty, energetic story of characters caught in the intricately woven webs of myth, legend and deception even as Schaffert explores with his typical exquisite care and sharp eye the fragility of childhood, the strength of family, the powerful rumor mills of rural America, and the sometimes dramatic effects of pop culture on the way we shape our world.
Publisher: [Cave Creek, Ariz.] : Unbridled Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781609530402
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 24 cm


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Since the eighth grade, Essie has been writing obituaries for her family’s small-town newspaper. Essie is now 83. When she breaks the story of a missing girl, life suddenly becomes very complicated. Did the missing girl ever exist or is the story a hoax? Perhaps the story is a publicity stunt con... Read More »

Octogenarian Essie Myles writes obituaries for her small-town paper, and now she’s confronted with the tale of a young girl abducted by an itinerant aerial photographer. But was she really abducted, and did she ever in fact exist? Meanwhile the last installment of a popular teen gothic novel is... Read More »

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Apr 07, 2013

This story had delightfully quirky characters mired in the far reaching effects of a Nebraska town's mass hysteria. I found it had an interesting slant on the place of magic and delusional thinking in our lives and how we imbue beauty and mystery to things out of a need for thrills; that the excitement found in the ability to conjure beauty is both an act of genius and the pilgrimage undertaken by all of humanity.

Mar 28, 2013

Did not finish...rather disjointed plot and didn't like any of the characters.
Note: I started reading for a book club but was having a hard time getting thru it..the other book club members said "don't bother"

Aug 06, 2012

This was an interesting book, in large part because it didn't have a big "zinger." Like the small town in Nebraska it was set in, the story had a very easy pace.

I liked most of the characters. The characters I did not like were just weird people. But I did like the story. It was about figuring out what made you happy, being happy with what you have and enjoying your family.

Jun 08, 2012

This book is a bizarre story about an obituary writer, the abduction of a girl who may have been the figment of her mother's imagination, and a teen pop culture novel printed in a tiny town. Quite a random combination of topics, but in this novel, it works.

debwalker Jun 12, 2011

"Bizarre news stories converge when a little girl disappears (or does she?) in the same Nebraska town where the final book in a wildly popular series (think Harry Potter) is being not-so-secretly printed. Memorably narrated by octogenarian obit writer Essie Myles, this is a witty, sometimes profound story about media, mortality and rash acts undertaken in the name of love."
Sue Corbett


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Oct 19, 2011

In the small Midwestern town of this novel, 11-year-old Lenore may not be in danger. In fact, even if Lenore was snatched by her mother’s weird boyfriend, she may still be alive. Or maybe Lenore never really existed.

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