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The Resurrectionist

A Novel

By Matthew Guinn

A young doctor wrestles with the legacy of a slave “resurrectionist” owned by his South Carolina medical school.

"Dog days and the fresh bodies are arriving once again." So begins the fall term at South Carolina Medical College, where Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career—working public relations for the dean—takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves, over a century old, are unearthed on campus. Out of the college’s dark past, these bones threaten to rise and condemn the present.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, Dr. Frederick Augustus Johnston, one of the school’s founders, had purchased a slave for his unusual knife skills. This slave, Nemo ("no man") would become an unacknowledged member of the surgical faculty by day—and by night, a "resurrectionist," responsible for procuring bodies for medical study. An unforgettable character, by turns apparently insouciant, tormented, and brilliant, and seen by some as almost supernatural, Nemo will seize his self-respect in ways no reader can anticipate.

With exceptional storytelling pacing and skill, Matthew Guinn weaves together past and present to relate a Southern Gothic tale of shocking crimes and exquisite revenge, a riveting and satisfying moral parable of the South.




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Format: Book
Author: Guinn, Matthew
Title: The resurrectionist : a novel / Matthew Guinn.
Publisher Date: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2013.
Subject: Medical students -- Fiction Secrecy -- Fiction Corpse removals -- Fiction. African Americans -- Fiction South Carolina -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780393239317 (hardcover) 0393239314 (hardcover)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: M Guinn
Oclc: 832705251
Bib Id: 442308

Format: Book
Author: Guinn, Matthew.
Title: The resurrectionist : a novel / Matthew Guinn.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2013.
Description: 284 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Medical students -- Fiction
Subjects: Secrecy -- Fiction
Subjects: Corpse removals -- Fiction.
Subjects: African Americans -- Fiction
Subjects: South Carolina -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2013003760
ISBN: 9780393239317 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0393239314 (hardcover)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: M Guinn