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Cotton Rock
     

Cotton Rock

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by Janet Smith Post
 

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Cotton Rock is a fictional memoir set on the White River of the Ozarks. Four narrative voices tell the story: John Sinclair, is a professor who comes to live in his Grandfather's cabin while on Sabbatical. He agrees to teach a writing class at the Cotton Rock library, and there he encounters the other three narrative voices. Anna McKerry, a native of the Ozarks,

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Cotton Rock is a fictional memoir set on the White River of the Ozarks. Four narrative voices tell the story: John Sinclair, is a professor who comes to live in his Grandfather's cabin while on Sabbatical. He agrees to teach a writing class at the Cotton Rock library, and there he encounters the other three narrative voices. Anna McKerry, a native of the Ozarks, is an older woman who is caring for her mother (who has Alzheimer), and her daughter, Leah (who has lost her courage), and her granddaughter, Harlo, (an intense little six-year-old who is worried about many things.) Anna attends the writing class to "pull the scabs off old wounds," and "to find her way out of the swamp." Emmet McDougal is an avid fisherman who writes a fishing report, and tells us that "fly-fishing is as tricky as straddling a barbed-wire fence while standing on two sore feet." Finally, Lucy Freeman believes that children have guardian angels. She titles her writing, "Angel Gossip," because she figures that there "must be quite a passel of angels on the playground over at the Cotton Rock school house. Those angles are bound to swap stories with one another, and I've taken to writing them down. I'm no angel, course, but my sister, Opal, teaches at the school, and between her stories and my Sunday School kids, I've got more stories than freckles on a turkey egg." These four voices combine to tell a story filled with love and loss, hope and heartache, glory and shame-a story of romance, mystery, a drowning, a missing body, and a plethora of rich Ozark language and life.

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ISBN-13:
9781493581641
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/31/2013
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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COTTON ROCK 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JudithIL More than 1 year ago
Readers who love characters with depth and soul, written with compassion while revealing the struggle for family connection and loving relationships,will love this novel. At the same time the struggle between "good and evil" is realistically explored. The author not only dispels the pejorative myth of the "hillbilly", but does it with eloquence and lyricism. In this novel, she has painted an impassioned symphony of Ozark character stories. The intrinsic wisdom of Ozark Folkways is interwoven with the palpable characters of the Ozark Earth, the Ozark Sky and the Ozark River. The book provides a feast of images and is an elegantly drawn story for those who love the art of story-telling in its finest form. The author's writing is overflowing with talent for poetic expression. Each paragraph is packed with multi-leveled dimensions informing the reader of characters spirit, thinking, and feeling that shows the Ozark peoples' splendid, intuitive, humanity. As a person who lived in the Ozarks for 13 years, I was reminded of the many kitchen tables I sat around enjoying a very valued Ozark custom, the Art of Visiting. Whether we were preparing vegetables and fruit for canning, or eating from the bounty of the garden, we always were working on life's problems with gentle wisdom pouring from the elders. I highly recommend this book!