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Cotton Rock

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Although the plot of COTTON ROCK is fictionalized, Anna's story is authentic. Its author describes the novel this way: I wove these stories, my own and my family's, into one. I placed it in the Ozarks, the home of my people. The stories changed in the weaving, but the love and loss, the hope and heartache, the glory and shame are all flesh-and-blood true: of my great grand ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published November 30th 2011 by Natural Way Publishing
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Vici Bice
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Post’s Cotton Rock is a beautiful song of a book. She gifts the reader with authentic voices that are rich, strong, and timeless. Post has carefully crafted the voices of Cotton Rock to ring deep and true with that familiar harmony we each carry, memory Her prose reminds me of the play of shadow and light upon the water--alluring and intoxicating. She softly and gently guides the reader along side the journey of her characters. By the time you realize the hook is set, you want to be pulled into ...more
Jennifer Morefield
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved listening to this book on WPR on Chapter a Day. What a beautiful story. Janet Smith Post is a beautiful writer. I wish I could write like Anna (character in the story). This story brought tears to my eyes several times. Very worthy book to read...
Cher Duffin
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cotton Rock, by Janet Smith Post (, is one of the most lyrical books I've read in a very long time. A very fine example of literary fiction (not at all a chick book, but a wonderful read for all), this book reminds me of summer on the river, cool water on your feet, cicadas buzzing at get the picture. About a college professor who comes to his grandparents - now his - cabin to recover from a life-changing event, he finds through the writing group he teaches, t ...more
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John Sinclair, a young professor on sabbatical, returns to a family cabin in the Ozarks to work on a novel and come to terms with the accidental death of his wife, who died during a period of increasing strife in their marriage. He meets several people of the nearby town while teaching a creative writing class at the local library. One elderly woman who writes particularly well is also confronting demons in her past through her journal. She and Sinclair become friends and support each other as t ...more
Deb Hankens
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written! Not only do we get a glimpse into the world of the Ozark people, but we are invited to explore our own frailties and offer hope for redemption. "A grateful pie crust surely greases its own pan." ...more
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Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cotton Rock is an excellent read. Smith paints a picture of rural life that makes you feel like you're living there. ...more
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J.S. Post co- authored two children’s books, Barnyard Boogie and Jungle Beat, and numerous award-winning songs for children. Cotton Rock is her first novel. Raising eight children, earning her Master’s degree in English, Janet also cared for her mother, a victim of Alzheimers. This task, coupled with her Ozark heritage, inspired her to write Cotton Rock. Co-creator of Reading By Ear, Inc., a music ...more

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