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From the critically acclaimed author of Bloodroot, a gripping, wondrously evocative novel drawn from real-life historical events: 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...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2014)
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2.5 Stars

I choose to read Longman by Amy Greene in audio format as I had a few long car journeys over the past couple of weeks and thought this would keep me entertained during the Journey.

To be honest I was disappointed with the pacing of the novel and while the narrator was good I found the book very depressing in tone and was sorry that I had chosen the audio format for the book as it just did not do the story Justice.

I had previously read and lovedOne Foot in Eden One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash which is pretty silim...more
Diane S.
I finished this yesterday and have debated whether to rate this book 4 or 5 stars. I went for five because this book was very thought provoking and left me in a pensive mood. The characters are amazing, the atmosphere immersive and the writing brilliant. Not a thought or word was wasted , not an action was wrong, everything in this book has meaning.

Yuneetah,Tennessee in the 1930's, a small Appalachian town now about to be flooded, making the way for a new dam. The residents displaced from the pl...more
I'm not exactly sure why I feel proud of Amy Greene but I do. It's a very strange feeling to feel proud of an author and the work they just accomplished. I can understand admiring the work of an author, or kinship with an author. But I feel pride. Pride on so many levels. Proud of the way the author challenged herself, of the way she reached for something deeper (and therefore harder) than her last book (where she had already set a very high standard). Proud of the way she pushed narrative techn...more
Ron Charles
Rivers make capricious neighbors. For several years, I lived and taught in Elsah, Ill., a small village on the Mississippi across from St. Louis. Watching the sun melt into the water as I drove along River Road produced a daily Emersonian epiphany.

But in the winter, sheets of ice pushed giant shards high into the air, and the river looked cruel. We could hear frozen plates moaning like a watery earthquake that went on for weeks. And in the spring, the river sometimes rose over the highway and se...more
Kristy Beam
With an iron-clad grip on my sanity, I devoured Long Man by Amy Greene within 24 hours. Much like her first novel, Bloodroot, Greene has delicately and intricately woven characters that stick with you. They feel like long-lost family or friends by the time the journey has ended. She compels the reader to embrace the delicate nuances of each character, even the scoundrels, in a way most modern novels lack. Long Man details the story of a town left behind and abandoned by modern advances. Tennesse...more
I could barely breathe. A town full of history and memory slowly disappearing under a man made lake. A promise of progress simultaneously destroying and giving hope. That would have been enough. Facing the reality and understanding the sacrifices that depression-era families made for the dams was compelling enough. It is so hard to imagine that it really happened! Entire towns and family legacies submerged under water! But Amy Greene does it. She makes you see and feel a portion of history gone...more
Annie Clyde Dodson is fighting the Tennessee Valley Authority, she wants to stay where she lives, on the farm that's been handed down through her family for generations. She had dreams of passing the farm, her home, her way of life on to her daughter, Gracie. But with progress comes sacrifice and the town of Yuneetah will be lost when the damn built by the TVA creates a lake from the Long Man river. The water power generated will bring electricity and modernization to the surrounding valley.

Sonja Yoerg
The story of a town destined to be flooded by a TVA dam project. The evocation of place is remarkable; I could see and smell and feel it all. Greene's command of the history appears unassailable (I only say 'appears' because I know nothing of it) and is woven effortlessly into the story. The central family in the story is memorable, and shone on the page. I had a little trouble with some of the secondary ones--nothing major, just eager to get back to the main plot line. Fans of Southern fiction,...more
I'm very sad to have to say I stopped reading after 87 pages. The chapters were so long it felt like it was rambling without any story forming. I absolutely loved Bloodroot and it remains one of my all time favorite books but this one I just couldn't finish.

Long Man by Amy Greene, while fictional, is based on a real life historical event that took place in the summer of 1936 and it is a moving and emotional tale sure to please readers. I loved each and every minute of this book and was lucky enough to listen to the audio version which is narrated by Dale Dickey. I’ve not listened to her before but I wouldn’t hesitate to again. Her voice had me completely mesmerized throughout as she brought the lives and troubles of the people living within the pag...more
I couldn't put this book down. Wonderful character development. The historical backdrop was haunting. Don't miss this one.
Rebecca Elswick
This review also appears on my blog http://wwwrebeccaelswick.blogspot.com/

As a teacher, I always look forward to my first summer read - the book I choose to kick off my summer vacation from school. This summer's choice is especially important because I decided, after much soul-searching, to retire from teaching, so I wanted a special book that would mark this milestone in my life. Well, I found it. Long Man by Amy Greene was the perfect choice.

Long Man is the story of what happens in the eastern...more
In the 1930’s, with America in the grip of the Great Depression, the Tennessee Valley Authority Act was established, granting the government the right to build dams to provide electricity and better economic times to those hard hit in Appalachia.
Progress came with a price. People mourned the loss of their land as water lapped along front porches and swallowed up farms passed down from one generation to the next.
Such is the plight of Annie Clyde, a stubborn, strong-willed hill woman, in the beau...more
I received a free ARC edition of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program and would like to thank everyone who made that possible.

This was the best novel that I have read in quite some time and I have read a lot of great books recently! I loved everything about it - it was riveting, mesmerizing, atmospheric, beautiful, moving, I could go on and on. I'm not sure that I can exactly put into words why I loved this so much I just really connected with the writing and the story. I was capt...more
Jo Ann
I really, really, loved this book...loved the gorgeous writing that transported me to the Tennessee hills, and granted me a peek into the lives of some wondrous characters...like Annie Clyde Dodson, whose land she wishes to give to her 3 year old daughter, but the TVA in 1936 will dam the river within days, flooding the town of Yuneetah...and her husband, James, who plans to take his young family to Michigan for a better life...and Silver, Annie's aunt who has secrets of her own...and Beulah, wh...more
"In Detroit they could figure out what path they wanted to take. In Tennessee, every path led to the graveyard."

Enormous in its scope of complex themes this book really made me ponder how destructive Progress was to some during the course of history. We all enjoy modern infrastructure such as highways and bridges but there were people living on that land before the interstate was built. In the 1930’s the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) built a dam on the river that runs through Yuneetah, Tennes...more
This is how historical fiction should be done. Incredible. I tend to stay away from historical fiction in part because it is either done poorly with very little research or there is so much research the author feels compelled to include every little facet they might have picked up during the process. Amy Green does an amazing job of incorporating place and time in a way that transport you as the reader. This book takes place in East Tennessee during the TVA dam removals during the New Deal era....more
Before the dam they lived by the whims of the river the Cherokee had called Long Man. His currents carried life to the small Appalachian mountain town of Yuneetah but his capricious swirling wrath often brought death as well.

Of course, Yuneetah was dying long before the Tennessee Valley Authority decided to build the dam to tame Long Man, bring electricity to the valley and drown the land in which Annie Clyde Dodson’s family had sunk their roots and their dead.

Even before the Great Depression, l...more
Greg Zimmerman
(Review first appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co...)

Counterbalanced to my love of New York snob stories is a similar weakness for stories set in poor rural or small town setting about characters for whom every single day is a struggle. Amy Greene arrived on the scene in this genre with her fantastic 2010 novel Bloodroot. And she continues with her new novel, Long Man, out today.

The short, evocative novel takes place in rural Tennessee during the height of the Great Depression, th...more
Damn Amy Greene knows how to create an atmosphere. This book was so good, I found myself looking up the TVA on Wikipedia at work the next morning.
Amy Greene's writing is superb. She allows the reader not only into the minds of her characters but into the heart of the landscape, Yuneetah, TN. The deep connection that Greene's main characters feel to the land is both beautiful and painful to witness. The novel provides the opportunity for self reflection - for the reader to examine his/her own relationship with their "natural habitat." I enjoyed reading this novel after winning it through Goodreads so much that I decided to also check out t...more
Gail Strickland
I held my breath for most of this book, hoping that realizing people are more important than places would occur to the main character sooner rather than later. Great descriptions of the Appalachia Mountains and the people who live there. Highly recommended.
Excellent historical fiction dealing with a specific time and place: depression era east Tennessee in the hills along a river that is flooding out the residents because it has been dammed up by the TVA to provide flood control and electrical power. This is not an action novel, though suspense is provided by a missing three year old girl and by a wandering man who seems to promise a violent confrontation for the authorities. Atmosphere and character take precedence over the plot.
Melanie Mcdaniel
A wonderful story teller draws you in quickly & keeps you reading. Amy Greene does just that again. This book is a story of loss & change in a time of difficulty. My grandfather was a civil engineer with TVA so this story hit home with me. Can't wait for more stories by Amy that bring our part of the world alive for the rest of it.
Emily Crowe
What a treat to stumble upon this book, as it hits many of my favorite literary things: small town, Southern setting, with characterization taking precedence over plot.

Full review here: http://asthecrowefliesandreads.blogsp...
McGuffy Morris
Author Amy Greene is back with her much anticipated second novel. She does not disappoint. Long Man is sure to be a classic.

In this lyrical novel Amy tells the story of a community lost to progress and the ways of the world. Her characters are depicted with the heart and soul of someone who is familiar with the people. These are Amy’s people, as she is born and bred in eastern Tennessee.

The town of Yuneetah is almost a place out of time, as it has been taken over by the Tennessee Valley Authorit...more
All the emotions with this book. Greene is a masterful storyteller. Hypnotizing. I can't even find adequate words. Only, thank you, and please publish another novel soon!
This book probably deserves a 4 or 5 objectively but it was a 3 for me. I just couldn't get hooked into it, in spite of the lovely writing, the keen characters, and the simple but strong storyline. Long Man, it's not you, it's me. I definitely needed an audiobook companion here. I couldn't sit still long enough to get a good foothold on what was happening, so when I'd pick it back up after a 24-hour lag, I'd forget which mountain-dwelling loner I was supposed to be paying attention to: was it Be...more
Jason Kumpfmiller
Long Man is the story of the death of a small town for the sake of progress and the search to save the life of a girl in a place where all hope has been washed away. Author Amy Greene's lyrically beautiful prose belie the harrowing urgency felt by her protagonists and the forlorn resignation of the characters that surround them. There have been few times in my life I've been as invested in the fate of a character as I was in that of Gracie Dodson. This book will exhaust you in your hope to see G...more
The work of the Tennessee Valley Authority to bring electricity and progress to rural Tennessee kind of tantalizes me. I once saw a model town they built in which to relocate people in order to dam rivers to produce this electricity, and it looked like a rather Stepford wifey perfect kind of place - eerie. This novel is set around the TVA's project to dam a river called Long Man in rural eastern Tennessee in 1936 and what this means for the farmers along its banks. The town of Yuneetah will be f...more
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Amy Greene's debut novel, BLOODROOT, was a national bestseller. Her second novel, LONG MAN, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf on February 25, 2014.
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