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Long Man: A Novel de Amy Greene

Long Man: A Novel (edição: 2014)

de Amy Greene (Autor)

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"In the summer of 1936, the TVA plans to build a dam in a Tennessee town at the same time a little girl goes missing--possibly stolen by a drifter determined to blow up the dam"--
Título:Long Man: A Novel
Autores:Amy Greene (Autor)
Informação:Random/Knopf (2014), 271pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Etiquetas:Mysteries, Great Depression-Tennessee-Fiction, Tennessee Valley Authority-Fiction, Appalachian Mountains-Tennessee-Fiction, Southern Fiction

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Long Man de Amy Greene


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The writing is beautiful but the plot left something to be desired. ( )
  HillaryFredrick | Nov 4, 2020 |
The story is set in 1936 when unemployment and rising water levels get even worse in Depression-era Tennessee. The town has started to evacuate it’s residents...and they all know that this is the end of the line…. rock bottom for most of them including the parents of the 3-year-old child who has disappeared. It’s an often familiar tale about the sacrifices people are expected and forced to make in the name of progress. Mystery...family saga...backwoods romance…it’s unforgettable. What lost it half a star for me was that after the author set the stage with the child’s disappearance the story moved forward at a snails pace. This will be fine with some readers but I found it a bit annoying...but nevertheless a good story. ( )
  Carol420 | Aug 20, 2020 |
Wow! This novel just blew me away! Gorgeous descriptive writing of the Tennessee countryside, where I have lived for 53 years. The author describes the setting and the characters so vividly, you feel as if you are there, talking with them on the front porch. I listened to the audio book and I plan to purchase this in hardcover so that I can savor it in print. ( )
  Brava10 | Nov 25, 2017 |
Book on CD performed by Dale Dickey

There is only one family left in the path of the lake. It’s summer 1936, and Annie Clyde Dodson stubbornly refuses to leave the farm that has been in her family for generations, despite the warnings of the government men who tell her that the new dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority will cause the Long Man River to flood and forever cover the land with the lake that will form. She and her daughter have just two days before they’ll be forcibly evicted when 3-year-old Gracie disappears. Did she wander off? Or was she taken by the drifter that recently appeared?

Greene delivers a riveting story that explores the question: What cost, progress? Annie Clyde is a treasure. Not only is she strong-willed, but she is tenacious in her efforts to protect her family. Her pleas with her husband to stay with her and not give up the fight moved me deeply. And yet … certainly she was being foolhardy. No one – no matter how stubborn or how “right” - was going to win against the TVA and the encroaching lake waters. The Dodson’s loss of their home is representative of the hundreds of families displaced by such projects.

The novel is peopled with strong characters, from Beulah Kesterson, who found and raised the abandoned child, Amos, to Sam Washburn, the TVA agent who sympathizes and helps the Dodsons in their search for Gracie. I did get a little lost with the interconnected relationships between Sheriff Ellard Moody, Amos, Silver Ledford and Mary. These kinds of competing loyalties are what made the decisions so difficult: to stay or to go, to delay or to embrace change.

Dale Dickey gives a superb performance on the audio. Listening to her was like listening to these characters tell the tale. Her narration really put me into 1936 rural Tennessee. ( )
  BookConcierge | Dec 24, 2016 |
Really a 3.5 for me, but I had to round up for quality in this case. I wasn't all that enthused about reading it for book club, but there were other choices I was even less enthused about. As I started it I thought, oh Lord this is slow, it's going to take forever. My next thought was this is pretty good writing. That was followed by this is getting interesting, which typically leads to housework can wait, and culminates in I need to finish this now. I'm always happy to be proved wrong by a book. The novel had all the makings of an American Tragedy (a sub genre or descriptor I find myself repeating), without being fully realized but for one tragic character. If you don't care for lengthy detailed descriptions of the outdoors, you might not favor this, but that is where the writing is lovely, along with the inner lives of (most) of the characters. I had toyed with borrowing [book:Bloodroot|6595962] in the past and never had, but I will go ahead now. ( )
  MaureenCean | Nov 12, 2016 |
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