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Long Man: A novel
by Amy Greene

Published: 2014-02-25
Hardcover : 288 pages
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From the critically acclaimed author of Bloodroot, a gripping, wondrously evocative novel of a family in turmoil, set against the backdrop of real-life historical event—the story of three days in the summer of 1936, as a government-built dam is about to flood an Appalachian town, and a ...
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From the critically acclaimed author of Bloodroot, a gripping, wondrously evocative novel of a family in turmoil, set against the backdrop of real-life historical event—the story of three days in the summer of 1936, as a government-built dam is about to flood an Appalachian town, and a little girl goes missing.

A river called Long Man has coursed through East Tennessee from time immemorial, bringing sustenance to the people who farm along its banks and who trade among its small towns. But as Long Man opens, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plans to dam the river and flood the town of Yuneetah for the sake of progress—to bring electricity and jobs to the region—are about to take effect. Just a few days remain before the river will rise, and most of the town has been evacuated. Among the holdouts is a young, headstrong mother, Annie Clyde Dodson, whose ancestors have lived for generations on her mountaintop farm; she’ll do anything to ensure that her three-year-old daughter, Gracie, will inherit the family’s land. But her husband wants to make a fresh start in Michigan, where he’s found work that will bring the family a more secure future. As the deadline looms, a storm as powerful as the emotions between them rages outside their door. Suddenly they realize that Gracie is nowhere to be found. Has the little girl simply wandered off into the rain? Or has she been taken by Amos, the mysterious drifter who has come back to Yuneetah, perhaps to save his hometown in a last, desperate act of violence?

Suspenseful, visceral, gorgeously told, Long Man is a searing portrait of a tight-knit community brought together by change and crisis, and of one family facing a terrifying ticking clock. A novel set in history that resonates with our own times, it is a dazzling and unforgettable tour de force.

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Have you ever known someone who lost their property through eminent domain? If so, how did it affect them? Did they stay in the same general area or have to move far away to survive?
Do you think that there are groups of people in our country that are truly considered disposable, or that certain groups are deemed less important than others?
by billieparrott (see profile) 04/02/14

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Recommend -- especially for those who enjoy Southern literature
by billieparrott (see profile) 04/02/14
Once again, we are given a view of what life is like when survival is the focus. Most of our club members are from the south and we had a great discussion about books that are \\\\\\\"depressing\\\\\\\" to some and \\\\\\\"just the way life is\\\\\\\" to others. I think the book would be enjoyable for those in all areas of the country as I\\\\\\\'m sure the history of those that pioneered in all the states is similar as far as the love of their land and the daily toil to survive.

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by kmstalk (see profile) 04/23/14

 
  "Interesting and moving"by billieparrott (see profile) 04/02/14

We just discussed this book last night at book club. Many of us were fortunate enough to meet and hear the author a few weeks ago. Her research into the TVA building of dams and bringing electricity... (read more)

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