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Rolling Years
Agnes Sligh Turnbull
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Rolling Years

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A first-rate panoramic novel of three generations -- the setting shifting from New Salem to Pittsburgh. The theme of love down the generations, with the shift in time deftly conveyed:- the change in the relations of a woman and her husband, the differences in religious thought and its influence on the lives of the little community, personality dominating events.
Published March 1st 1953 by The Macmillan Co., (first published 1953)
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This is my second Turnbull and wow. This title was much more sad than the first I read, but an amazing sweep through the lives of 3 generations of women, with the 4th being born right at the end. These women were so alive and real...struggling with their feelings, conventions, faith, and the particulars to their church and time. A beautiful, epic, grand story with so much was hard to read at times. The nature and homemaking beauty and love of the rhythm of seasons captured my ...more
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The Rolling Years is the first novel by the American writer Agnes Sligh Turnbull (1888 131982) and it is set in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, just east of Pittsburgh.

It is a family chronicle (1852 131910) of three generations of Scottish-American Presbyterians in rural Western Pennsylvania and their struggles to maintain their strict faith. The first generation is Daniel and Sarah McDowell, a farm couple. Sarah bears 12 children (of whom five survive) to her dour Calvinisti
Dec 20, 2008 Terri rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults/ historical fiction fans/ romance fans
Recommended to Terri by: my father
I loved the historical setting, especially looking into the strict Calvinist beliefs, how they molded the lives and relationships of the characters and how they changed over the years. I enjoyed the relationships across the generations, and the family ties that proved stronger than disagreements when crisis arose. This is a gentle, easy book that makes me laugh and cry.

I read this book for the first time when I was in high school and loved it. Unfortunately, I loaned it to a friend and never got
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I read this years ago and am searching for a copy. My library only has 1 copy in the closed stacks. How sad that no one has read this book in years. It was one of the first books I read when I left the children's section of the library. I remember rereading it several times. It reminds me of Virgin River series in that is is the recalling of everyday events in the life of 3 women. The setting was late 1890"s? through generations. It was heartwarming and a real look at life as it was back then. I ...more
May 05, 2008 Rae rated it really liked it
A chronicle of three generations (1870-1910) of an American family livng in a Scottish Prebyterian community in western Pennsylvania. Turnbull's novels are gentle reads with memorable characters.
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Novelist Agnes Sligh Turnbull was born in 1888 in New Alexandria, PA. After a dozen years as a short story writer, Turnbull wrote her first novel, The Rolling Years, published in 1936. In the 14 additional novels she wrote over the next 40-plus years, Turnbull built a thorough chronicle of the Scots who settled and farmed rural Westmoreland County. Turnbull died in 1982.
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