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.
©2014 Amy Greene (P)2014 Random House Audio
i like to read. i like to listen.
i love amy greene. i want her to write stories like this (and Bloodroot) forever and ever.
as with Bloodroot, this book is perfectly written. not a wasted word, not a misplaced thought. the characters are so full of emotion and sadness and nuance. i truly believe that they are jumping off the pages and living in the real world.
this is a story of family. a mother's love (both annie and beulah). how far someone will go for what they believe in.
it's just amazing, beautifully written - beautifully read and will be revisited soon.
I loved Bloodroot but this did not live up to my expectations. It was overly sentimental, and melodramatic. Greene has a way with words, but got lost in the gratuitous descriptions that did not serve character development or plot development .The beauty of the language in this novel is undeniable. However, the storyline seemed heavily reliant on the rich language alone to propel the story. It wasn't enough for me. I wanted to know more about Silver, Beulah, Mary, and Amos.
Heartfelt, stylistic and gothic
The moment when Annie Clyde's aunt confesses to the last moment that Gracie was seen. It's a twist I wasn't expecting.
Annie Clyde's voice as performed by Dickey is so emotion-filled, it was hard not to get choked up. Dale Dickey MADE this book for me. Her narration and accent is perfectly suited to the tone, setting and historical dialect.
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