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Hang the Moon: A Novel de Jeannette Walls
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Hang the Moon: A Novel (edição: 2024)

de Jeannette Walls (Autor)

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Sallie Kincaid is the daughter of the biggest man in a small town, the charismatic Duke Kincaid. Born at the turn of the 20th century into a life of comfort and privilege, Sallie remembers little about her mother who died in a violent argument with the Duke. By the time she is just eight years old, the Duke has remarried and had a son, Eddie. While Sallie is her father's daughter, sharp-witted and resourceful, Eddie is his mother's son, timid and cerebral. When Sallie tries to teach young Eddie to be more like their father, her daredevil coaching leads to an accident, and Sallie is cast out. Nine years later, she returns, determined to reclaim her place in the family. That's a lot more complicated than Sallie expected, and she enters a world of conflict and lawlessness. Sallie confronts the secrets and scandals that hide in the shadows of the Big House, navigates the factions in the family and town, and finally comes into her own as a bold, sometimes reckless bootlegger.… (mais)
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Título:Hang the Moon: A Novel
Autores:Jeannette Walls (Autor)
Informação:Scribner (2024), 368 pages
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Etiquetas:historical fiction

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Walls revisits a recurring theme here, with a young woman, essentially motherless, who is thrust by circumstance into a culturally unexpected role, and meets it with grit and determination.

Sallie Kincaid’s mother dies (under circumstances no one is allowed to discuss) when Sallie is little more than a toddler. She’s then banished to live with an aunt a few years later when a childish adventure inadvertently injures her young stepbrother, summoned back only on her stepmother’s death, years later. But the anticipated joyous homecoming with the father she worships is soured when his only welcome is to instruct her to “make a Kincaid” out of the timid, music-loving teen.

Things never really slow down in this tale, as death, family feuds, and unexpected pregnancies erupt, and the passage of the 18th Amendment upends the economy of the rural southern county Duke Kincaide had treated as his personal fiefdom. By this time, Sallie is the de facto, if not the legally-empowered heir to the Kincaid business empire, and she finds herself backed into corner after corner in a time and place when women were not expected – and frequently not allowed – to do what was considered “a man’s job”.

Walls has drawn on a number of historical incidents from the region during the Prohibition era, and she has also underlaid her story with a far older saga. Some readers will quickly pick it up; others may never see it. For this reader, once seen, it couldn’t be unseen, and it wavered between being a distraction and being a spoiler.

Sallie’s adventures at time border on the unbelievable, particularly given her youth and inexperience when she is thrust into a role she thought she wanted. How she comes, first, to assume it and, ultimately, to question its value, are the most emotionally complex of the many threads running through the work ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Jun 11, 2024 |
The descriptions Walls uses of the Appalachian region ring true for the time period, but I didn't particularly enjoy the book. I found it depressing and hopeless in many ways. It got a bit unrealistic towards the end. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Apr 16, 2024 |
Author Jeannette Walls has a very distinct voice which comes through again in her novel, Hang the Moon. With copious research and (I’m guessing) a little personal knowledge about the goings on in the area (Walls hails from Virginia where the book is set), Hang the Moon is a tale of family, greed, and bootlegging in the 1920s.

Sent away by her stepmother to live with an impoverished aunt, young Sallie Kincaid works as a laundress in the hills of Claiborne County. Upon her stepmother’s death, the Duke, Sallie’s dad and czar of the county, brings Sallie back home. At age 17, Sallie is hired on by the Duke to fetch his tenant rents and work with the moonshiners. As the years pass, Sallie and her family encounter numerous ups and downs and within a few years, Sallie finds herself taking over the Duke’s position as head of the county, running whiskey, balancing feuds and family, and trying to find love in a world where men overlord women.

Jeannette Walls’ style of prose is simplistic to today’s norm: no swearing, no sex. There is inference of both, but her writing is clean and pure. Quite an enjoyable switch to the norm of the in-you-face of the majority of today’s writers.

Walls has a very good history of well-written books, and I’m happy to had Hang the Moon to my bookshelf alongside the fabulous Half Broke Horses, another by Ms. Walls. ( )
  LyndaWolters1 | Apr 3, 2024 |
The Henry VIII story forwarded by 400 years and transplanted to rural Virginia. "Duke" Kincaid is the ruler of Claiborne County and in 1920 whatever he says goes. Sallie is his daughter by "Annie" and is kind of like Elizabeth I except for her name and the fact that when her turn comes to rule after the Duke's death she becomes a bootlegger. Instead of colonial wars of conquest we have Prohibition Era violence. At times this was a real page turner, but at other times one clunky transition follows another for chapters at a time. The prose is serviceable and straightforward. No beautiful writing here. It is all plot and character, which is fairly well done. ( )
1 vote Octavia78 | Jan 4, 2024 |
I love all of Jeanette Wall’s novels. She writes about strong, interesting women with strong family bonds. Sallie Kincaid has southern swagger , shoots from the hip , drives a mean automobile, defies federal laws and fiercely loves her family. You root for her completely in a story where men are the disappointment and women the heroes ! Way to go Jeanette Walls yet again ( )
  Smits | Nov 14, 2023 |
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but I have the heart and stomach of a king.

Queen Elizabeth I, 1588, rallying her troops for the arrival of the Spanish Armada
Quality? Hell, the only time our whiskey aged was when we got a flat tire.

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Sallie Kincaid is the daughter of the biggest man in a small town, the charismatic Duke Kincaid. Born at the turn of the 20th century into a life of comfort and privilege, Sallie remembers little about her mother who died in a violent argument with the Duke. By the time she is just eight years old, the Duke has remarried and had a son, Eddie. While Sallie is her father's daughter, sharp-witted and resourceful, Eddie is his mother's son, timid and cerebral. When Sallie tries to teach young Eddie to be more like their father, her daredevil coaching leads to an accident, and Sallie is cast out. Nine years later, she returns, determined to reclaim her place in the family. That's a lot more complicated than Sallie expected, and she enters a world of conflict and lawlessness. Sallie confronts the secrets and scandals that hide in the shadows of the Big House, navigates the factions in the family and town, and finally comes into her own as a bold, sometimes reckless bootlegger.

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