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Posted December 13, 2011
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!