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The Virgin of Small Plains

The Virgin of Small Plains

(2006)
A novel by

 
Awards
Anthony Awards (nominee)
Edgar Awards (nominee)
Macavity Awards
Agatha Award
Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger scours his father's pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery: the naked, frozen body of a teenage girl, her skin as white as the snow around her. Even dead, she is the most beautiful girl he's ever seen. It is a moment that will forever change his life and the lives of everyone around him. The mysterious dead girl - the “Virgin of Small Plains” - inspires local reverence. In the two decades following her death, strange miracles visit those who faithfully tend to her grave; some even believe that her spirit can cure deadly illnesses. Slowly, word of the legend spreads.

But what really happened in that snow-covered field? Why did young Mitch Newquist disappear the day after the Virgin's body was found, leaving behind his distraught girlfriend, Abby Reynolds? Why do the town's three most powerful men - Dr. Quentin Reynolds, former sheriff Nathan Shellenberger, and Judge, Tom Newquist - all seem to be hiding the details of that night?

Seventeen years later, when Mitch suddenly returns to Small Plains, simmering tensions come to a head, ghosts that had long slumbered whisper anew, and the secrets that some wish would stay buried rise again from the grave of the Virgin. Abby - never having resolved her feelings for Mitch - is now determined to uncover exactly what happened so many years ago to tear their lives apart.

Three families and three friends, their worlds inexorably altered in the course of one night, must confront the ever-unfolding consequences in award-winning author Nancy Pickard's remarkable novel of suspense. Wonderfully written and utterly absorbing, The Virgin of Small Plains is about the loss of faith, trust, and innocence . . . and the possibility of redemption.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

August 2006 : Hardback
Title: The Virgin of Small Plains
Author(s): Nancy Pickard
ISBN: 0786287942 / 9780786287949 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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April 2006 : Hardback
Title: The Virgin of Small Plains: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Nancy Pickard
ISBN: 0345470990 / 9780345470997 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2007 : Paperback
Title: The Virgin of Small Plains: A Novel
Author(s): Nancy Pickard
ISBN: 0345471008 / 9780345471000 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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September 2006 : Paperback
Title: The Virgin of Small Plains
Author(s): Nancy Pickard
ISBN: 0340921846 / 9780340921845 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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January 2006 : Perfect Paperback
Title: The Virgin of Small Plains.;
Author(s):
ISBN: 0340921854 / 9780340921852 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton,
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Audio Editions

June 2006 : Audio CD
Title: The Virgin of Small Plains (Sound Library)
Author(s): Nancy Pickard
ISBN: 0792740572 / 9780792740575 (USA edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
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June 2006 : Audio Cassette
Title: The Virgin of Small Plains (Sound Library)
Author(s): Nancy Pickard
ISBN: 0792742389 / 9780792742388 (USA edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

November 2013 : Kindle edition
Title: The Virgin of small plains (Russian edition)
Author(s): Nancy Pickard
ISBN: B00GM3QC5Q
Publisher: Kassiopeya Inc.
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December 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: The Virgin of Small Plains
Author(s): Nancy Pickard
ISBN: B0068PDXXW
Publisher: Hodder
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April 2006 : Kindle edition
Title: The Virgin of Small Plains: A Novel
Author(s): Nancy Pickard
ISBN: B000PDZFNO
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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