Cherry Valley Road Ballads [NOOK Book]

Overview

The War Between The States, 1861-65, was notable for the number of boys enlisted in their teen years. This novel follows the life of Jeremiah James from abused child to cold-blooded killer for a unique Pennsylvania volunteer company of the U.S. Army, serving in a select squad of abandoned youths like himself. At the war's end in 1865, he found his way to a remarkable remote and isolated community at the end of rugged Cherry Valley Road.

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Cherry Valley Road Ballads

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Overview

The War Between The States, 1861-65, was notable for the number of boys enlisted in their teen years. This novel follows the life of Jeremiah James from abused child to cold-blooded killer for a unique Pennsylvania volunteer company of the U.S. Army, serving in a select squad of abandoned youths like himself. At the war's end in 1865, he found his way to a remarkable remote and isolated community at the end of rugged Cherry Valley Road.

Jeremiah James delighted in the joys of establishing a family and a successful farm, only to be crushed by disaster. The reader joins the survivors as they struggle from grief to recovery; and becomes part of this family's event-filled new life and experiences in sometimes brutal, sometimes compassionate nineteenth century mid-America.

The novel is in the form of a two volume family memoir, written by family members to be passed down to their children, grandchildren and successive generations.

Most chapters incorporate a nineteenth century ballad, a poetic composition created by family members. The majority of the book is prose narrative delivered by Jeremiah James or one of his immediate family.

One of the focuses of the James family memoir is the treatment and mistreatment of children in the nineteenth century. Jeremiah James's sons introduce him to a succession of abused and abandoned youths who are rescued by becoming adopted or fostered by the caring and generous James family.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014777971
  • Publisher: Lawrence Cartwright
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,195,670
  • File size: 486 KB

Meet the Author

Lawrence Cartwright is a retired educator. Born in 1943 in Saginaw, Michigan, he has lived in Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. His careers involved him in a great deal of technical and business writing, but he did not begin writing fiction with publication in mind until 2010.
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