The Tall Woman

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Now in its 40th printing, this classic novel, set during and after the divided loyalties of the Civil War in the Southern mountains, describes Lydia McQueen's efforts to bring a school to her community. This quest involves the challenges of the natural world and is entangled with the desires and ambitions of all the novel's diverse characters, including a clan of outcasts, and promises to resolve mysteries that go back to the days of the war.
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Overview

Now in its 40th printing, this classic novel, set during and after the divided loyalties of the Civil War in the Southern mountains, describes Lydia McQueen's efforts to bring a school to her community. This quest involves the challenges of the natural world and is entangled with the desires and ambitions of all the novel's diverse characters, including a clan of outcasts, and promises to resolve mysteries that go back to the days of the war.
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Boston Herald
A strong and moving novel... of definite stature.
New York Times
A novel rich with detail and atmosphere... the story has the flavor of the old ballads. At times it almost sings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780961385910
  • Publisher: Wakestone Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 315
  • Sales rank: 488,016
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

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    Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

    Lydia Moore grew up in the Appalachian region before the Civil War and married Mark McQueen shortly after it began. Her husband went off to fight for the Union while her father and brother fought for the Confederates. While the men were gone, outliers raided Lydia's mother's home, assaulting her and stealing the livestock. A pregnant Lydia returned to her old home place to tend to her mother and brothers and sisters. When her labor began, the doctor was too inebriated to come, so Lydia's Aunt Tildy delivered the baby, who was turned the wrong way, causing brain damage. After the war, when Mark returned, Lydia learned he had been imprisoned. Her Mark was a changed man who dealt with demons from the war and harbored a deep hatred for the men who had raided Lydia's mother's home, blaming his son's mental problems on them. Through the years, Lydia had more children while dealing with her husband's alienation and cynicism, hoping that through her love, he would become the man he used to be. Times were rough in their mountain region, but Lydia worked hard, trying to do her best for her children and their small community.

    Lydia McQueen is the epitome of a strong Southern woman. She never let challenges daunt her and plowed ahead, trying to do the right thing and persevere through. The Tall Woman tells one woman's journey through life and the lives she touches as well as the changes she leaves behind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    The BOOK I've chosen as an alltime favorite

    You know when you've found a book that touches the spirit deep within. Main character,Lydia, spoke right to my heart and made such an impact. Now I'll be buying this book to have on my bookshelf as my alltime favorite. Can't say enough. Wilma Dykeman certainly has a sense of place that takes you right there. God Bless her. And she's Tennessee's Historian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    precious above rubies!

    The woman we all hope we came from and can be. To our mothers and grandmothers who lived it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    Breathtaking

    This is by far the best book I've ever read. Following the life of this woman from beginning to end will steal your heart. You won't want to do anything but read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2003

    The Best Book I've Ever Read

    This book is a cherished family heirloom. Every person I know that reads this book is irrevocably changed for the better. A simple story of a Mountain Woman who sacrifices to make those around her into better people. Please read the book, I can't do it justice in this review!!!!!

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