This tiny town is shallowly rooted in its mountain setting. It sits on a lake that floods yearly and where blizzards and fires happen often, as do murders and fatal accidents.
This body of water is a strong, dangerous presence throughout the book. It always threatens to take back the town.
The railway bridge
This is where the train goes off track during a midnight crossing, killing all the passengers except two railway employees who are on the open back of the caboose.
This place is built by hand over several years. It is built on high ground.
This brings Ruth and Lucille's grandfather to Fingerbone and give him the job that allowed him to prosper and build a house there.
Ruth and Lucille are outsiders here. They discover that, under Sylvie's care, they can play truant for months at a...
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