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By Jane Rule

5 girls at severe crossroads of their lives come jointly during this gem of a unique set on an island off the coast of Vancouver

After the fireplace introduces a quintet of very varied ladies as they fight with abandonment, loss, and new beginnings—both jointly and by myself. there's Karen Tasuki, who lately separated from her associate and wonders if she’ll ever get used to being on my own . . . till she befriends pink, who cleans homes for the island’s privileged population. omit James is the eccentric Southern spinster born on the flip of the century. Milly Forbes is a girl whose husband “went scot unfastened after stealing 20 years of her life.” And the practical Henrietta “Hen” Hawkins yearns for her absent, sick husband. On a rural island that they dub a “used-wife lot,” the 5 heroines nurture each other as they focus on loneliness, demise, and renewed existence. Imbued with wit and compassion, After the hearth is a unique approximately ladies loving girls and girls supporting women—and the bond that transcends age, race, or even gender.

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Opponents of capital punishment called for an investigation. The official Vatican newspaper condemned Medina's execution as a barbaric act, but Florida attorney general Bob Butterworth said that Florida's electric chair was just doing its job: making executions as brutal as possible so potential murderers might think twice before pulling the trigger. “People who wish to commit murder, they better not do it in the state of Florida because we have a problem with our electric chair,” he bragged. 2 Leo Alexander Jones, the next inmate scheduled to die in the chair, didn't see the humor in that remark and filed a lawsuit claiming the chair was obviously defective and had caused “wanton pain” to Medina.

In the early nineteenth century, public executions were so common and so much a part of the culture that they were taken for granted. ” Because hanging was such a public form of death, all kinds of legends and superstitions were associated with it. Hanged men used to be buried at the crossroads to ensure that their ghosts did not return to haunt the town.

All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. com Page v Table of Contents Preface 1 1 The Genie of the Gilded Age 7 2 The Hangman's Terrible Legacy 25 3 The Death Commission 47 4 The Battle of the Currents 67 5 The People v. M. on March 25, 1997, Pedro Medina, a 39-year-old Cuban immigrant who had spent the last 14 years of his life on Florida's death row, was escorted into the execution chamber in Florida State Prison for his first look at the electric chair.

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