New Mercies Book Summary and Study Guide

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Rumor is that Amalia Bondurant, known as the goat lady, was murdered. Nora Bondurant is surprized to received a telegram advising her to come to Natchez, Mississippi to settle the estate of her aunt Amalia, a woman she never knew. Nora's father died when Nora was a child and never told her or her mother anything about his family. Nora makes the trip from Denver to Natchez, where the civil war is talked about and Yankees not really welcome. Nora is not greeted warmly by the servants still living at Avoca, the family home which has fallen to ruins. Aunt Polly and Ezra have taken care of the home forever. Nora questions what really happened to Amalia, but the south hides it's secrets. Rumors surface that Amalia was not her father's aunt, rather she was his mother. Who his father was Nora is determined to discover.
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While the South is a different culture than Nora is used to, she grows to enjoy the people, and when a place to live is offered to her, she thinks maybe she will move near the relatives she never knew and away from bad memories in Denver. Along the way, she may solve the mystery of the goat lady.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   inheritance Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   search for family/history Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   accountant Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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