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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
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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jaidee
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
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Elyse
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 flood...it was no longer
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Margitte
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
Zoeytron
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Diane S ☔
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-exploration
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
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Carol
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
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Tammy
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Camie
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Connie
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
Sara
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-classics
I am trying to think what I can possibly say about this wonderfully moving novel by Amy Greene. If writing should show and not tell, Greene had perfected the art of showing to the point that it becomes living inside her characters’ skins.It is 1936, the TVA is about to flood the town of Yuneetah, Tennessee, and all its inhabitants must leave. Obviously, some are reluctant to go, but none as much as Annie Clyde Dobson. She determines to stay to the last possible moment and then her three year old ...more
Tom Mathews
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Appalachian literature.
Long Man is a poignant tale of life in an Appalachian town during the Tennessee Valley Authority's evacuation of large swaths of the state to create reservoirs for hydraulic power. Even though this depression-era program provided power to millions of Americans, it was done at the expense of thousands of Appalachian hill people whose families had lived on the land for generations.
While the pace of the story was somewhat slow, Amy Greene's prose was beautifully rendered in the story-telling tradi
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Sue
Overall, a powerful, often poetic book. The story itself is definitely powerful--about power-less people being forced into life-altering decisions. Set in Tennessee at the time of the Tennessee Valley Authority whose goal was to rein in the power of water, bring electricity to the poor but at the expense of the livelihoods of farmers throughout Appalachia. Occasionally the prose itself seemed to wander in its descriptions of place, the author unable, perhaps unwilling, to rein in her lengthy ram ...more
Julie
Long Man by Amy Greene is a 2014 Knopf publication.


I had never heard of this author or this book until recently when I saw a list of the top most suspenseful books on Buzzfeed. Since I was not familiar with it, I decided to check it out of the Overdrive library.


I usually enjoy southern literature and ‘get’ the vernacular, dialect and way of thinking, even in a historical setting. So, I was immediately drawn in by author’s rich literary prose, the powerful, emotional story that unfolds in which
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Dem
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars

I choose to read Longman by Amy Greene in audio format as I had a few long car journeys over the past couple of weeks and thought this would keep me entertained during the Journey.

To be honest I was disappointed with the pacing of the novel and while the narrator was good I found the book very depressing in tone and was sorry that I had chosen the audio format for the book as it just did not do the story Justice.

I had previously read and lovedOne Foot in Eden One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash which is pretty silim
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Francisco
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not exactly sure why I feel proud of Amy Greene but I do. It's a very strange feeling to feel proud of an author and the work they just accomplished. I can understand admiring the work of an author, or kinship with an author. But I feel pride. Pride on so many levels. Proud of the way the author challenged herself, of the way she reached for something deeper (and therefore harder) than her last book (where she had already set a very high standard). Proud of the way she pushed narrative techn ...more
Ron Charles
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-favorites
Rivers make capricious neighbors. For several years, I lived and taught in Elsah, Ill., a small village on the Mississippi across from St. Louis. Watching the sun melt into the water as I drove along River Road produced a daily Emersonian epiphany.

But in the winter, sheets of ice pushed giant shards high into the air, and the river looked cruel. We could hear frozen plates moaning like a watery earthquake that went on for weeks. And in the spring, the river sometimes rose over the highway and se
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Suzy
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suzy by: On the Southern Literary Trail group read
This story takes place over a few days in July/August of 1936 and begins with an ominous momentum created by the impending flooding of the Long Man River valley by the Tennessee Valley Authority. It's the height of the depression but the locals are somewhat insulated from the outside world . . . until the government tells them their lives need improving through the miracle of electricity. We meet a small group of holdouts who are bumping up against the deadline to evacuate, people who are rooted ...more
John
The Appalachian community of Yuneetah, Tenn., is dying. Inch by inch, the town will be soon submerged by a reservoir of water created by a dam on the Tennessee River. The Federal government developed the TVA in the early 1930s to provide flood control and economic development to the economically-depressed Tennessee Valley. The development of the dams, like the one on this novel’s fictional Long Man River required the displacement of many families in Yuneetah. One of the residents resisting the r ...more
Jeanette
Very languid and woodsy novel in which there are NO characters that could be confused with having the IQ of a rocket scientist. The water is rising and our protagonist does not want to leave. But the new dam will insist toward the changes not desired, regardless. There are moments of high danger and worrisome loss, but all is at a slow pace and with relentless plot progression toward a maybe life "not in this spot". The 3 main characters are cranky and insular, for the most part, IMHO. It's writ ...more
Kristy Beam
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With an iron-clad grip on my sanity, I devoured Long Man by Amy Greene within 24 hours. Much like her first novel, Bloodroot, Greene has delicately and intricately woven characters that stick with you. They feel like long-lost family or friends by the time the journey has ended. She compels the reader to embrace the delicate nuances of each character, even the scoundrels, in a way most modern novels lack. Long Man details the story of a town left behind and abandoned by modern advances. Tennesse ...more
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There is only one family left in the path of the lake. It’s summer 1936, and Annie Clyde Dodson stubbornly refuses to leave the farm that has been in her family for generations, despite the warnings of the government men who tell her that the new dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority will cause the Long Man River to flood and forever cover the land with the lake that will form. She and her daughter have just two days before they’ll be forcibly evicted whe
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LeAnne
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The idea that your ancestral home and its lands can be seized by the government for the greater good is a deeply emotional topic. When one young mother refuses to face reality and the physical risks that will soon come with the collapsing of the land below floodwaters, initially it is quite believable.

I really wanted to connect with the mother and the husband she somehow didn't seem to completely love. Her unusual aunt, practically a hermit who lives higher in the mountain, could have been a fa
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sappho_reader
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Southern Lit
"In Detroit they could figure out what path they wanted to take. In Tennessee, every path led to the graveyard."

Enormous in its scope of complex themes this book really made me ponder how destructive Progress was to some during the course of history. We all enjoy modern infrastructure such as highways and bridges but there were people living on that land before the interstate was built. In the 1930’s the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) built a dam on the river that runs through Yuneetah, Tennes
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Laura
I've thought about this book all day and I can't go more than a 3 star. I liked it but I never fully connected with the characters or their situations. Perhaps I didn't get as in depth with the characters as I would have liked. Perhaps just scratching the surface of who these characters were.
Pamela
Most parents have experienced that panicked feeling when attention is briefly diverted and they lose sight of their young child. Usually the toddler is quickly found, having scampered to another aisle in the supermarket, or hid in kitchen cabinets, or wandered off to some other innocuous location. But what if your child vanished during a rainstorm in a rural mountain-valley community scheduled to be submerged underwater in three days, amid thickets and woods, a rising lake, a plethora of abandon ...more
Sara
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could barely breathe. A town full of history and memory slowly disappearing under a man made lake. A promise of progress simultaneously destroying and giving hope. That would have been enough. Facing the reality and understanding the sacrifices that depression-era families made for the dams was compelling enough. It is so hard to imagine that it really happened! Entire towns and family legacies submerged under water! But Amy Greene does it. She makes you see and feel a portion of history gone ...more
Candy
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-reading
I'm very sad to have to say I stopped reading after 87 pages. The chapters were so long it felt like it was rambling without any story forming. I absolutely loved Bloodroot and it remains one of my all time favorite books but this one I just couldn't finish.
Barb
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vine, read-in-2014, flood
Annie Clyde Dodson is fighting the Tennessee Valley Authority, she wants to stay where she lives, on the farm that's been handed down through her family for generations. She had dreams of passing the farm, her home, her way of life on to her daughter, Gracie. But with progress comes sacrifice and the town of Yuneetah will be lost when the damn built by the TVA creates a lake from the Long Man river. The water power generated will bring electricity and modernization to the surrounding valley.

Othe
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Jamie
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is how historical fiction should be done. Incredible. I tend to stay away from historical fiction in part because it is either done poorly with very little research or there is so much research the author feels compelled to include every little facet they might have picked up during the process. Amy Green does an amazing job of incorporating place and time in a way that transport you as the reader. This book takes place in East Tennessee during the TVA dam removals during the New Deal era. ...more
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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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