The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish

The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish

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Univ of Toronto Pr
In Dirty Thirties London, Ontario, Mary Mabel McTavish resurrects a dead boy, becomes famous as "The Miracle Maid," and gets involved with William Randolph Hearst and the movie business in Hollywood.
Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award 2015 — Nominated

Faith healers, movie moguls, and social-climbing fraudsters collide in Depression-era Los Angeles

It’s the Great Depression and Mary Mabel McTavish is suicidal. A drudge at the Bentwhistle Academy for Young Ladies (aka Wealthy Juvenile Delinquents), she is at London General Hospital when little Timmy Beeford is carried into emergency and pronounced dead. He was electrocuted at an evangelical road show when the metal cross on top of the revival tent was struck by lightning. Believing she’s guided by her late mother, Mary Mabel lays on hands. Timmy promptly returns to life.

William Randolph Hearst gets wind of the story and soon the Miracle Maid is rocketing from the Canadian backwoods to ’30s Hollywood. Jack Warner, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Rockettes round out a cast of Ponzi promoters, Bolshevik hoboes, and double-dealing social climbers in a fast-paced tale that satirizes the religious right, media manipulation, celebrity, and greed.

Baker & Taylor
After Mary Mabel McTavish resurrects Timmy Beeford, a boy who was electrocuted at an evangelical road show, she becomes the "Miracle Maid," journeys out of the Canadian countryside, and meets double-dealing social climbers.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, c2014
ISBN: 9781459708495
Branch Call Number: FIC STR
Characteristics: 349 p. ;,22 cm


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0Charlie Dec 16, 2014

A diverting read - I never knew what was coming next! Could be read by older teens (much of the "adult" subject matter was suggestive rather than explicit). Original.

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