This novel by John Fox, Jr., narrated by John Michaels, captures the essence of pre coal-mining life in the Eastern Kentucky mountains, isolated since the Revolutionary War, as the residents move into the 20th century. Fox weaves the love story of Hale, an outsider, and June Tolliver, a mountain girl, against the background of coal companies ravaging the mountains and a 30-year fued between the Tollivers and the Falins.
In language lyrical and poetic, Fox describes the beauty of the mountains and the promise of love delayed. An Appalachian Pygmalian.
"A classic of Appalachian literature. Through this romance runs the social and political drama of eastern Kentucky's mountain people.... Fox can help us, even now, to consider what Appalachia finally means to its people." (Appalachian Journal)
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The producer had the narrator say end of chapter at the end of each chapter. This kills the moment. I would rather have a pause so I can savor the final sentence of the chapter. Then announce the next chapter.
The story itself is very enjoyable especially if you enjoy historical fiction.
- Louis H Nemec
This Classic Book Deserves a New Recording