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Strong-willed, self-reliant Gertie Nevels's peaceful life in the Kentucky hills is devastated by the brutal winds of change. Uprooted from her backwoods home, she and her family are thrust into the confusion and chaos of wartime Detroit. And in a pitiless world of unendurable poverty, Gertie will battle fiercely and relentlessly to protect those things she holds most dear — her children, her heritage . . . and her triumphant ability to create beauty in the suffocating shadow of ugliness and despair.

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"Harriet Arnow's brutal, beautiful novel, The Dollmaker, has a permanent effect upon the reader: long after one has put it aside, he is still in the presence of its people, absorbed in their trivial and tragic dilemma, sorting out their mistakes, rearranging their possibilities, pondering upon the fate that makes certain people live certain lives, suffer certain atrocities, while other people only read about them.... Our most unpretentious American masterpiece." Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review

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"The depth and power and stature of this enormous book are rare indeed in modern fiction." New York Times

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"The Dollmaker has vividness and terrific reality. It is a book to make one think...a story of the strength of the human heart against the bitterestodds.... Deeply sincere and moving." Chicago Tribune

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"The Dollmaker's depiction of family life — the entangled bonds between parents and children, brothers and sisters — is unparalleled in modern fiction." Georgia Review

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“ A masterwork...a superb book of unforgettable strength and glowing richness.”

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Strong-willed, self-reliant Gertie Nevels's peaceful life in the Kentucky hills is devastated by the brutal winds of change. Uprooted from her backwoods home, she and her family are thrust into the confusion and chaos of wartime Detroit. And in a pitiless world of unendurable poverty, Gertie will battle fiercely and relentlessly to protect those things she holds most dear — her children, her heritage . . . and her triumphant ability to create beauty in the suffocating shadow of ugliness and despair.

About the Author

Harriette Arnow was born in 1908 into a family whose roots reached back for five generations of Kentucky's history. From this rich background, she inherited a bountiful storytelling tradition that provided inspiration for her acclaimed novels: Mountain Path, Hunter's Horn, and The Dollmaker, the last considered her masterpiece and a landmark of American fiction. She died in 1986.

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ISBN:
9780060529345
Author:
Arnow, Harriette
Publisher:
Harper Collins
Author:
Arnow, Harriette
Author:
by Harriette Arnow
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Mountain life
Subject:
Detroit
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Detroit (mich.)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Perennial
Series Volume:
no.199.
Publication Date:
20030501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
7.98x5.42x.86 in. 1.08 lbs.

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Product details 624 pages Perennial - English 9780060529345 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Harriet Arnow's brutal, beautiful novel, The Dollmaker, has a permanent effect upon the reader: long after one has put it aside, he is still in the presence of its people, absorbed in their trivial and tragic dilemma, sorting out their mistakes, rearranging their possibilities, pondering upon the fate that makes certain people live certain lives, suffer certain atrocities, while other people only read about them.... Our most unpretentious American masterpiece."
"Review" by , "The depth and power and stature of this enormous book are rare indeed in modern fiction."
"Review" by , "The Dollmaker has vividness and terrific reality. It is a book to make one think...a story of the strength of the human heart against the bitterestodds.... Deeply sincere and moving."
"Review" by , "The Dollmaker's depiction of family life — the entangled bonds between parents and children, brothers and sisters — is unparalleled in modern fiction."
"Synopsis" by , “ A masterwork...a superb book of unforgettable strength and glowing richness.”
"Synopsis" by , Strong-willed, self-reliant Gertie Nevels's peaceful life in the Kentucky hills is devastated by the brutal winds of change. Uprooted from her backwoods home, she and her family are thrust into the confusion and chaos of wartime Detroit. And in a pitiless world of unendurable poverty, Gertie will battle fiercely and relentlessly to protect those things she holds most dear — her children, her heritage . . . and her triumphant ability to create beauty in the suffocating shadow of ugliness and despair.
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