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The Land

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George Barnes is a salt-of-the-earth man with a practical approach to life. And so he doesn’t think twice about looking on as the undertaker prepares his mother’s body. But once the body is lowered into the ground, the old woman haunts George in his dreams, not as she was in life, but as he saw her in death, with cotton balls in her eye sockets and her jaws wired shut. George is convinced that, with the mute movements of her jaws, she is accusing him. He should never have allowed his mother to be embalmed; it was an indignity to her body.

The following spring, as the dreams are subsiding, a farming accident shatters the Barnes family. While Emily Barnes is walking through the drive shed, Ford, the eldest son, throws the tractor into reverse and pins her to the wall. Faced with his wife’s body, George can’t help but remember his mother’s accusation, and so, with the help of his boys, he wraps his wife in a shroud and buries her beneath her favourite maple tree.

George has no choice but to keep the burial a secret, but this decision results in fresh hauntings which draw him into a paranoid anti-government jag. He and his sons tumble into a confrontation with the law that proves as twisted and as dark as George’s dreams.

The Land
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: May 02, 2011
  • Publisher: David Allan Barker
  • Seller: Smashwords, Inc.
  • Print Length: 257 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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