By Lynda Rutledge
At the final day of the millennium, sassy religion Bass Darling, the richest outdated woman in Bass, Texas, comes to a decision to have a storage sale. With support from a few local boys, religion lugs her useful Louis XV elephant clock, numerous Tiffany lamps, and every thing else from her nineteenth-century mansion out onto her lengthy, sloping lawn.
Why is a recluse of 20 years by surprise promoting off her dearest possessions? Becasue God advised her to.
As the townspeople seize up 5 generations of heirlooms, every person interested in the sale—including Faith's lon-lost daughter—finds that the antiques not just carry relatives secrets and techniques but additionally motivate a few of life's so much imponderable questions: Do our possessions own us? What are we with out our stories? Is there existence after loss of life or moment probabilities right here on the earth? And is religion really promoting that Tiffany lamp for $1?
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