The Tall Woman
Do you feel like doing back flips across the yard and hugging your best women friends when you read books with strong heroines? I know I do. If you answered yes as well, then The Tall Woman really ought to be on your to-read list. The problem is, you’ve probably never even heard of this book! The Goodreads listing ...more
The Tall Woman is the story of Lydia Moore, a girl born in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and raised in a hard-scrabble world that gets no easier when she becomes a woman and marries Mark McQueen. It is in the years following the Civil War, when the hurt and division has not been healed, that Lydia must find a way to live her life, raise her children, and bind her commun ...more
Lydia (Moore) McQueen is one hell of a dynamic woman who not only helps those in need, but handles her own challenges and devastating horrors of life with a calm and forgiving heart.
Great read! Unexpected ending! Loved it!
(THE FAR FAMILY (1966) continues the saga generations later)
The story of Lydia McQueen is that of a young woman who grows up in the mountains of Appalachia in the Carolinas, coming of age just before the Civil War. She marries the man she loves and they raise a family of six children but lif ...more
An absolute gem. Though out of print I was able to purchase a copy on Amazon and join others for a group monthly read. If you appreciate literature of the American South, Appalachian Noir, or books like Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith you will love this one. If you want to learn more please read my GR friend Diane Barnes's review here:
And so it was with Lydia McQueen who with ( and more often without) her husband, Mark, who returns home from the war a changed man, raised her family of six children, in the high Appalachian mountains after the end of the civil war. Though daily life was already consumed by farm and household chores and trying to maintain a family on the barest of necessities, Lydia remained hardworking and selfless, becoming a local midwife and steadfastly working towards her b ...more
Great commentary on this book....
It’s always a treat to ‘discover’ a new author—even if it’s one whose book you’ve owned for 20+ years. The Tall Woman is Lydia McQueen née Moore, a truly admirable heroine. It’s also the title of a novel which opens during the conclusion of the Civil War in the Appalachian Mountains and continues through the difficult Reconstruction years when this poverty-stricken area is still split along Union-Rebel lines. This book dea ...more
Hardship affected their food supply but nothing was worse than when Sarah Moore, Lydia's mother, was abused by rough riders late one night. (view spoiler)[It is assumed by ...more
A beautifully written novel about a woman named Lydia Moore McQueen and the effects of the hard life living in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina just after the Civil War and during Reconstruction. She is a daughter, mother, wife, farmer, midwife, naturalist, community builder and advocate for education. A strong, devoted woman who made a life for herself, her husband and their 6 children. Her story is one of self-sacrifice, conviction, and forgiveness ...more
I call it a saga, following a woman, her family, and her community from the Civil War to late 19th century. Interesting to me that it takes place in that time period, written in mid-20th century, and I'm reading it now, and so much rings true. This is my kind of book.
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