86th out of 135 books — 60 voters
In this family saga, generations mine the Vermont earth and come to rest in it. Lyman Converse is too young to fight in the Civil War, but he lives to see his own son enlist in World War I. Through all the years his closest friend is Easy, an escaped black slave who took refuge in his father’s house. Everything Converse values most is gradually lost to time, including the...more
Published 1995 by Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press
(first published 1947)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read about Vermont during the Civil War up until WWI. The details of small town life are woven beautifully amongst the themes of romance, duty, change, gender roles, and a myriad of other topics. I read this for a library discussion book in Grafton, Vermont, historical home of a soapstone quarry. Ms. Walker knew Grafton well and uses the Quarry as a centerpiece of her novel and a metaphor for the lives of characters in her book. While reading this book I kept envi...more
I read this book expecting something similar to Mildred Walker's "Winter Wheat" which I loved. This spanned a far greater time period and didn't have as strong of a voice, but it was an interesting book to read. It especially interested me to read about the Civil War and North vs. South issues as written in the 1940's -- years after the civil war itself, but pre-civil rights movement.
This Mildred Walker is set in Vermont around the Civil War, and while I liked it, I would not recommend it as a first or only Walker novel...others of hers that I've read are set in Montana and Michigan in the mid 20th c--this one struck me as a very different type of book.