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Posted March 30, 2010
Oral History by Lee Smith
"Oral History" is a novel written by American author Lee Smith, published in 1983 by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York. Later editions of the novel have been published by Ballentine Books in 1984, and again in 1993. The story is about the lives of the Cantrell family, who live in the mountains of Hoot Owl Holler. Through this family, Smith tells the story of her community in Virginia, a story written by a Southerner in the language of Southerners. This work of fiction is considered to be an authentic representation of the voice of the people of Appalachia, a specific region in the southern mountain region of the United States. As Smith grew up in the mountain region of southwestern Virginia, she, through her writing, gives her audience a view of this insular society, with a particular culture that is unique in America.
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