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Long Man

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From the critically acclaimed author of Bloodroot, a gripping, wondrously evocative novel drawn from real-life historical events: the story of three days in the summer of 1936, as a government-built dam is about to flood an Appalachian town-and a little girl goes missing.

A river called Long Man has coursed through East Tennessee from time immemorial, bringing sustenance to
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2014)
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Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those that love Americanah and immense beauty
Recommended to Jaidee by: gift from an ex-girlfriend
Shelves: five-stars-books
5 "earthy, transcendent, mind-blowing!!" stars.

2016 Silver Award -2nd Favorite Read (Tie)

I am in shock. I am in awe. I am overwhelmed. I am immensely moved.

This book was sheer perfection in every way.

Based on historical events this takes place over a few days in 1936 in East Tennessee in a village called Yuneetah that is meeting its death due to the building of a dam and the bringing of electricity.

Events collide- a drifter returns, a little girl disappears, an eccentric aunt confronts her pas
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely mesmerizing .....literary and suspenseful....*masterfully* written!!!
I kept wondering .....How old is Amy Greene? There is talent....and then there is TALENT!!! The prose is breathtaking gorgeous!!!!

This historical fiction takes place Tennessee, 1936. The Tennessee Valley Authority
took farm land from people who had lived their for decades. The huge dam that the TVA built, brought electricity to many people who had never had it.
However, the dam was about to was no longer
This book, once again, captured my heart and soul from the very first moment I met Sam Washburn, the government agent for the Reservoir Family Removal Section, in East Tennessee who was driving to Yuneetah where he was to meet up with Annie Clyde Dodson. She was opposing the electricity company's plans to dam the Long Man river and provide electricity to towns desperately in need of job opportunities and better living conditions for the region. Annie had trouble distancing herself from her depar ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
This story fiddled with my heartstrings. There is a beautiful cadence to the prose, the words rising and falling in a soulful rhythm telling a tale of a lost child, and a mother's fierce determination in the face of a lost cause. A story of love that can't be returned, turning that love into a burden in the end.

The year is 1936 in the small farming community of Yuneetah. In the interest of progress (jobs, electricity, and whatnot), the Long Man river is being dammed by the Tennessee Valley Auth
Diane S ☔
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I finished this yesterday and have debated whether to rate this book 4 or 5 stars. I went for five because this book was very thought provoking and left me in a pensive mood. The characters are amazing, the atmosphere immersive and the writing brilliant. Not a thought or word was wasted , not an action was wrong, everything in this book has meaning.

Yuneetah,Tennessee in the 1930's, a small Appalachian town now about to be flooded, making the way for a new dam. The residents displaced from the pl
A Gem!
The Hook - Thoroughly enjoyed Bloodroot so welcomed the opportunity to read another book by Amy Greene.

The Line - It occurred to a character “that love was so often a burden”.
Another character states ”He thought of her at that last molasses making, dancing in the firelight. Nobody could take their eyes off her because she was hope right there in the middle of them.” This excerpt sums up what I felt as I closed this book. Hope.

The Sinker – Briefly Long Man is the story of a few Appalachia
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This novel just blew me away! Gorgeous descriptive writing of the Tennessee countryside, where I have lived for 53 years. The author describes the setting and the characters so vividly, you feel as if you are there, talking with them on the front porch. I listened to the audio book and I plan to purchase this in hardcover so that I can savor it in print.
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Feisty Annie Clyde Dobson, her husband James, and their daughter Gracie, are among the last holdouts as their long held family home and land in Yuneetah , Tennessee on the banks of the Long Man River are about about to be dammed and flooded by the government to bring electricity to the area. Just before looming eviction young Gracie turns up missing and the search for the missing child sheds a whole new light on the crisis. Based on actual events this is a beautifully written, though somewhat sl ...more
Diane Barnes
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amy Greene is quite a writer. I did not read her first novel, "Bloodroot", but it was recommended to me by several friends. This was the June selection for the group On the Southern Literary Trail, so I decided to take the plunge into the Tennessee country that she knows so well.

It was a good decision on my part. The author knows her area and it's people well, and depicts it all with a realistic and loving description of the land and the characters. This novel takes place over 3 days in August
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was 1936 in East Tennessee, and the Tennessee Valley Authority had completed the building of a dam to bring electricity to the area. The town of Yuneetah was being flooded, and the heavy rain was accelerating the rise of the water. The federal government had bought up the farms along the river, and almost everyone had been relocated except for Annie Clyde Dodson. She had Cherokee ancestors, and will not give up her strong ties to the land that she wants to pass down to her daughter. Her husba ...more
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Amy Greene's debut novel, BLOODROOT, was a national bestseller. Her second novel, LONG MAN, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf on February 25, 2014.
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“Annie Clyde had seen more than one tree uprooted in all this foul weather. She had heard the rain every way that it fell, hard like drumming fingers, in sheets like a long sigh, in spates like pebbles tossed at the windows. When she crossed the road and went up the bank, she could see water glinting between the tree stumps. The river had already become a lake.” 0 likes
“Washburn was an idealist. He believed progress was the answer to everything. Ellard wished he saw it like Washburn did, but in his experience the state was motivated less by altruism and more by their own selfish pursuit of power.” 0 likes
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