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From the critically acclaimed author of Bloodroot, a gripping, wondrously evocative novel of a family in turmoil, set against the backdrop of real-life historical event — the story of three days in the summer of 1936, as a government-built dam is about to flood an Appalachian town, and a little girl goes missing.

A river called Long Man has coursed through East Tennessee from time immemorial, bringing sustenance to the people who farm along its banks and who trade among its small towns. But as Long Man opens, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plans to dam the river and flood the town of Yuneetah for the sake of progress — to bring electricity and jobs to the region — are about to take effect. Just a few days remain before the river will rise, and most of the town has been evacuated. Among the holdouts is a young, headstrong mother, Annie Clyde Dodson, whose ancestors have lived for generations on her mountaintop farm; she’ll do anything to ensure that her three-year-old daughter, Gracie, will inherit the family’s land. But her husband wants to make a fresh start in Michigan, where he’s found work that will bring the family a more secure future. As the deadline looms, a storm as powerful as the emotions between them rages outside their door. Suddenly they realize that Gracie is nowhere to be found. Has the little girl simply wandered off into the rain? Or has she been taken by Amos, the mysterious drifter who has come back to Yuneetah, perhaps to save his hometown in a last, desperate act of violence?

Suspenseful, visceral, gorgeously told, Long Man is a searing portrait of a tight-knit community brought together by change and crisis, and of one family facing a terrifying ticking clock. A novel set in history that resonates with our own times, it is a dazzling and unforgettable tour de force.

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“Unforgettable. Like a classical myth, Greene’s second novel, set in the summer of 1936, transforms a period of cataclysmic history into a gorgeous, tragic tale filled with heroes and heroines....Greene’s enormous talent animates the voices and landscape of East Tennessee so vividly, and creates such exquisite tension, that the reader is left devastated.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“Haunting...Long Man revisits blue-collar Appalachia with the same lyricism Greene brought to her magnificent first novel, Bloodroot....With searing eloquence, she seems to channel the frustrations of generations of rural poor in this stark indictment of a government hell-bent on destroying a long-standing community. Her stunning insight into a proud and insular people is voiced with cold clarity and burning anger.” Booklist (starred review)

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“Harrowing, riveting....The Tennessee Valley Authority was designed to help modernize the state during the Great Depression, but [it] only spells destruction for the town of Yuneetah. Greene’s excellent second novel focuses on the holdouts who refuse to leave, chief among them a husband and wife [whose] 3-year-old daughter goes missing. The lead suspect in her disappearance is a one-eyed Yuneetah native who’s spent much of his life as a drifter connected to violent protests against [the] government. Greene’s [prose] is sinuous and tonally mythic; Gracie’s disappearance, alongside Amos’ cat-and-mouse game with authorities, gives the novel a welcome propulsion. Long Man fully inhabits the ironies inherent in destroying a place in the name of progress....A smart and moody historical novel that evokes the best widescreen Southern literature.” Kirkus (starred review)

About the Author

Amy Greene is the author of the national best seller Bloodroot. She was born and raised in the foothills of East Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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Tisa, April 24, 2014 (view all comments by Tisa)
I've lived in the Tennessee valley, in the shadow of TVA and one mile from one of their dams, all my life. Amy Greene brings back an important part of the history of southeast Tennessee and the immense impact the construction of the river dam system brought to the people living in Long Man's path. Her characters are the real people who gave their homes and lives for the river control projects, and we feel their strength and love for their threatened way of life. Ms. Greene's well-crafted tale is heart-wrenching and satisfying. I was reminded of Cormac McCarthy as I was drawn into her story and its fascinating, unforgettable characters.
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McGuffy Ann, March 19, 2014 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
Author Amy Greene is back with her much anticipated second novel. She does not disappoint. Long Man is sure to be a classic.

In this lyrical novel Amy tells the story of a community lost to progress and the ways of the world. Her characters are depicted with the heart and soul of someone who is familiar with the people. These are Amy’s people, as she is born and bred in eastern Tennessee.

The town of Yuneetah is almost a place out of time, as it has been taken over by the Tennessee Valley Authority. It will soon be under the river water known as “Long Man”, as a dam floods the town. Annie Clyde Dodson holds onto her land, as she does her roots. She clings to the past for the future of her young daughter, Grace.

Amos is a transient who comes back to the valley, in search of his past and perhaps answers to his own unspoken questions. Suddenly, little Grace goes missing the same day that he is seen in Annie’s field.

The town is divided in their belief as to Grace’s whereabouts. Did she drown in the rising waters of the dam, or did Amos take her? Time is running out. The TVA is not very cooperative or sympathetic in offering more time, as they are absorbed in their own plans for the town and valley.

The lyrical novel is beautifully written. The story is gripping and emotional. The book tells of a time, place and people that are an important and an integral part of history. Author Amy Greene does them all a great justice.
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ISBN:
9780307593436
Author:
Greene, Amy
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Literary
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Publication Date:
20140225
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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"Review" by , “Unforgettable. Like a classical myth, Greene’s second novel, set in the summer of 1936, transforms a period of cataclysmic history into a gorgeous, tragic tale filled with heroes and heroines....Greene’s enormous talent animates the voices and landscape of East Tennessee so vividly, and creates such exquisite tension, that the reader is left devastated.”
"Review" by , “Haunting...Long Man revisits blue-collar Appalachia with the same lyricism Greene brought to her magnificent first novel, Bloodroot....With searing eloquence, she seems to channel the frustrations of generations of rural poor in this stark indictment of a government hell-bent on destroying a long-standing community. Her stunning insight into a proud and insular people is voiced with cold clarity and burning anger.”
"Review" by , “Harrowing, riveting....The Tennessee Valley Authority was designed to help modernize the state during the Great Depression, but [it] only spells destruction for the town of Yuneetah. Greene’s excellent second novel focuses on the holdouts who refuse to leave, chief among them a husband and wife [whose] 3-year-old daughter goes missing. The lead suspect in her disappearance is a one-eyed Yuneetah native who’s spent much of his life as a drifter connected to violent protests against [the] government. Greene’s [prose] is sinuous and tonally mythic; Gracie’s disappearance, alongside Amos’ cat-and-mouse game with authorities, gives the novel a welcome propulsion. Long Man fully inhabits the ironies inherent in destroying a place in the name of progress....A smart and moody historical novel that evokes the best widescreen Southern literature.”
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