Synopses & Reviews
From the bestselling author of Gap Creek, comes a breathtaking collection of stories about the lives and history of the settlers of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Struggling to survive in an ancient mountain landscape that alternately thwarts their efforts and infuses them with joy and vitality, the strong-limbed and strong-willed people of the Blue Ridge Mountains undergo the transition from ploughshares to bulldozers -- from the Indian skirmishes of the post-Revoluationary War era to the trailer parks of the present day. In these eleven first-person narratives, Morgan visits the themes that matter to all people in all places: birth and death, love and loss, joy and sorrow, the necessity for remembrance and the inevitability of forgetting.
This is a moving tribute to that which is universal and eternal -- the majestic immutability of the earth and the heroic human struggle to live, love, and create new life.
Richmond Times-Dispatch Morgan's stories are filled with love, kindness, and a wonderful sense of place.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Always, Mr. Morgan writes with beauty and precision. And readers will leave this book with much to ponder.
Morgan's stories are filled with love, kindness, and a wonderful sense of place.
Asheville Citizen-Times Robert Morgan tunes the twangy talk of the mountains into stories that sweetly sing of the universal range of human emotion, from love to hate, doubts to perseverance....[He] has chiseled and sweated out hard-won stories that won't be readily forgotten by any reader.
About the Author
An accomplished novelist and poet, Robert Morgan has won the James B. Hanes Poetry Prize, the North Carolina Award in Literature, and the Jacaranda Review Fiction Prize. His short stories have appeared in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and New Stories from the South, and his novel The Truest Pleasure was a finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. He is a professor of English at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.