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Thanksgiving night : a novel
Richard Bausch
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Summary: Richard Bausch calls this, his tenth novel, "a love comedy with sorrows." The story is set in the small Virginia valley town of Point Royal, where several of Bausch's other novels and many of his stories take place. It is 1999; predictions of catastrophe blare on the radio, and religious fanaticism is everywhere on the rise. The millennium is approaching. Oliver Ward and his divorced daughter, a young policewoman named Alison, and Oliver's two grandchildren become involved with Holly Grey and Holly's aunt Fiona, elderly ladies with a marked propensity for outlandish behavior. Holly's son, Will Butterfield, and Elizabeth, Will's second wife by that name, have been happily married for ten years but are about to discover how fragile happiness is. And in the middle of all of them is an old priest, Father John Fire, who is a good man, thinking of leaving the priesthood. He is called "Brother Fire" by everyone who knows him, after the famous words of Saint Francis when confronted with the burning brand with which he would be martyred. Close to both Holly and Fiona, Brother Fire also has a part to play in the rapidly unfolding family drama. Thanksgiving Night is a touching and empathetic portrayal of family$#8212;the one we have, and the ones we make. The people who populate these pages are flawed, wounded, stubborn, willful, scarred, often wildly eccentric, and all searching, in one way or another, for love.1006


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main characters Holly Grey
Female
Elderly
Lives with her aunt Fiona; constantly squabbling with her aunt.

Fiona
Female
Elderly
Holly's aunt; constantly arguing with her niece.

Will Butterfield
Male
Married
Holly's son; calls his mother and aunt the "Crazies"; tired of the family squabbling.
Bookseller

Elizabeth Butterfield
Female
Married
Will's wife.
Teacher

Oliver Ward
Male
Married
Hired to work on the house that Holly and Fiona live together in; suffers a sroke.
Handyman

Alison
Female
Single mother
Oliver's daughter.
Police officer

Mark
Male
Will's son from his first marriage; undecided if he should hunt for his long-lost mother.

Gail
Female
Will's daughter from his first marriage; unsure of her sexual identity.



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