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With a history of childhood loss and tragedy, Arliss Greene grows up to love his cattle more than his family. The memory of his family's displacement, due to TVA's construction of Norris Dam, stays with him as he struggles to make a living farming. His son Daniel tries to distance himself, but an inexplicable attachment to East Tennessee causes him to return to the hilltop ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published 2004)
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I liked this book because it is set in East TN, my home! The author did a great job with the characters and I love the references to Weigels, the Smoky Mountains, orange & white oreos and the vols! I was disappointed as I finished the book, it was as if I kept anticipating the characters would come to a realization of life and it just never happened. I think the author may not have a clue of the purpose of life either and thought the end was some kind of realization, but it definitely was la ...more
Although I love Landis' writing style, I did not connect as deeply with this one as I did with Some Days There's Pie: A Novel. I think it was a combination of the tone and subject matter, which were pretty depressing as well as the multi-narrator approach. I usually don't mind the story bouncing around between different POVs, but for some reason I kept losing the thread when the narrator would change.
Mar 07, 2008 Abby rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Abby by: others by the author
3 generations of a family on an Appalacian farm and how they both love and hate their land but are always connected to it. Beautifully written and complex. I wish this author had more books out!
Catherine Landis was born in Birmingham, Alabama but grew up in Chattanooga. Technically, she grew up on Signal Mountain just outside of Chattanooga. It's a place a little like Summerville in Some Days There's Pie, her first novel. She graduated from high school in 1974 and went to Davidson College in NC, graduating from there in 1978 with a BA in English. Landis was the first woman editor of the ...moreMore about Catherine Landis...