Book review: The Mannequin Makers, by Craig Cliff

By Sam Finnemore In Books

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It’s just the kind of pitiless misfortune fit to make a gothic villain: small-town department store window dresser Colton Kemp, cursed with a lack of talent in carving mannequins for his otherwise excellent displays, takes consolation in his beloved wife (whose face he’s always aimed to recreate) until she suddenly dies in childbirth. Deprived of that solace and mocked by the failures that fill his workshop, he is further tormented by the arrival of a silent master carver whose lifelike mannequins are trumping his own efforts. In his moment of crisis, given the example of a visiting ...

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