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Daniel Woodrell

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: On Friday, April 13, 1928, an explosion at a dance hall in West Plains, Mo., killed many of the town’s young people. No one was ever charged for causing the explosion, but questions and emotions that grew out of what happened that night still simmer.

In his new novel, “The Maid’s Version,” author Daniel Woodrell looks at those events through the eyes of a fictional maid, but also through the eyes of someone who has lived in the region for a good part of his life.