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The Teeth of the Souls
The Teeth of the Souls
by Steve Yates


 
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Springfield, MO: Moon City Press (2015)

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As the sequel to Morkan's Quarry, The Teeth of the Souls tells the story of a marriage betrayed, a lifelong and secret love, and an Ozarks city riven by an Easter lynching.

The story begins just after the Civil War when Leighton Shea Morkan, son of Irish immigrants, marries Patricia Gronhaagen Weitzer, daughter of a German banking family. Yet he can't let go of his childhood love and wartime confidante, the house hand and former slave, Judith. Both unions produce children, one a shrouded secret, and one the heir to the Morkan legacy: the limestone quarries of Springfield, Missouri, and the bloody past, what Judith calls The Teeth of the Souls.

Grounded in broad historical research and spanning Missouri's reconstruction, vigilantism, and fall from grace,The Teeth of the Souls chronicles the violent melding of immigrant strains Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and African American into the fabric of the Ozarks.

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