Library Journal - Library JournalDo you think you can stand this? Clyde Miller asked his wife upon their arrival at the ranger s house in the woods of North Carolina s Singletary State Park. This quiet, leisurely memoir of the 13 subsequent years that they lived there is her answer. The couple didn t just stand the place, they became part of it, making a family (they have a daughter and a son) and a life. A surprising number of people show up in this wilderness 50 miles from the nearest town: Ivory McCoy and a few others who actually live there, groups who come to Singletary Lake Group Camp (juvenile delinquents, Mormon girls, etc.), and even practicing paratroopers from Fort Bragg. Nature and family, however, remain at the center of this tale. Author and poet Miller (creative writing and literature, Washington and Lee Univ.; Champeen, LJ 1/00) employs a style here that is smooth and fictionlike, though her propensity for sentence fragments can be distracting. Recommended for regional collections. Mary Paumier Jones, Westminster P.L., CO Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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