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The Deadwood Beetle (2001)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399148051, Hardcover)"absorbing . . . compelling, and inventive." (Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue)
Tristan Martens, a retired entomologist, is shaken by the discovery of his mother's sewing table in a New York antique shop. He hasn't seen it since he was a boy in Holland, but he vividly remembers the last time he did. Only Tristan knows the painful truth behind the scrawled-and misunderstood-inscription on the bottom of the table, and he embarks on a scheme to acquire it from the shop owner, Cora Lowenstein, who insists it's not for sale.
But as their lives become entangled, Tristan must make a choice. Can he tell Cora the truth? Begun in deceit, their relationship and Tristan's salvation hinge on his willingness to confront and finally confess the terrible secrets of his family's past.
In startlingly beautiful prose resonant with dramatic tension, Mylène Dressler tells the heartrending story of an old man taking his last chance and struggling toward an elusive redemption and the even more distant hope of love.
The Deadwood Beetle is a brilliant novel by a writer whose work the critics have called "lyrical" and "haunting."
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The story of entomologist Tristan Martens, who has devoted his adult life to the study of beetles.
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