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    Powerful, personal narrative from the Appalachians

    Betty Carter creates a text in the vein of Huckleberry Finn. The mountain dialect of the narrator draws the reader in to her thoughts and feelings. The modern reader, so separated from the daily life on Dogwood mountain, glimpses the strength and character of these people so rich in love, commitment to each other, and awareness of the people around them on neighboring properties. Their lives are connected, and they know who they are. The war impacts their lives in unbearable ways, and yet they strive on to be who they are, in the strength of their own faith and hope. Betty L. Carter creates this world and brings it to life for the reader. Just when one thinks, "This is a tale about what life was like for this hard-working mountain family," Carter throws a new angle of life into the plot line that takes the breath away. The characters deal with this new revelation with integrity and strength of character ... and love. This is a powerful book that shows the humanity of the people who sacrificed themselves during WWII, lost family members, and embraced "damaged" family and friends who returned from the war. A compelling narrative of the strength of the people of the Appalachian mountains in the 1940's.

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