In the Land of Long Fingernails

A Gravedigger in the Age of Aquarius
Product Number: EB00730414
Released: Aug 09, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781626369887
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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A darkly comic insider's view of the morbidly fascinating cemetery industry. Shortlisted for the Trillium Book Prize, Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and the City of Toronto Book Prize A university student during the hazy summer of 1969, Charles Wilkins took a job as a gravedigger in a vast corporate cemetery in the east end of Toronto. The bizarre-but-true events of that time-a midsummer gravediggers' strike, the unearthing of a victim of an unsolved murder, and a little illegal bone-shifting-play out among a Barnum-esque parade of mavericks and misfits in this macabre and hilarious memoir. With relentless gallows humor, In the Land of Long Fingernails is a story of mortality, materialism, friendship, and sexuality-and the gradual coming-of-age of an impressionable young man. "If Raymond Chandler had written a memoir, I could imagine it reading like this." -Mary Roach, New York Times-bestselling author of Stiff

Author(s): Charles Wilkins
Original Publish Date: Jul 01, 2009

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