The mountains won't remember us and other stories

by Morgan, Robert, 1944-

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Brentwood Library Fiction FICTION Morgan
Location  Brentwood Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FICTION Morgan
 
 
Summary
From the bestselling author of Gap Creek, comes a breathtaking collection of stories about the lives and history of the settlers of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Struggling to survive in an ancient mountain landscape that alternately thwarts their efforts and infuses them with joy and vitality, the strong-limbed and strong-willed people of the Blue Ridge Mountains undergo the transition from ploughshares to bulldozers -- from the Indian skirmishes of the post-Revoluationary War era to the trailer parks of the present day. In these eleven first-person narratives, Morgan visits the themes that matter to all people in all places: birth and death, love and loss, joy and sorrow, the necessity for remembrance and the inevitability of forgetting.
This is a moving tribute to that which is universal and eternal -- the majestic immutability of the earth and the heroic human struggle to live, love, and create new life.
Contents
Poinsett's Bridge
Watershed
The Sal Raeburn Gap
Martha Sue
Death crown
Caretakers
Frog level
Cracklin' bread
The bullnoser
Mack
The mountains won't remember us.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "As the title here implies, mountains are indomitable; they exist outside of human history. But the first-person narrators of these 11 stories, shadowed by the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, are not to be deterred from declaiming individual ``oral histories'' that reflect their need for their lives to be remembered. Sometimes their tales intersect with public events, such as the building of a bridge in the 19th century (``Poinsett's Bridge'') or the massacre of Indians (``Watershed''). Others concentrate on the strictly personal--a contemporary woman seethes over her husband's infidelity (``Frog Level''), and another, keeping a deathbed vigil, reflects on her retarded great-aunt's life (``Death Crown''). Story by story, Morgan (a poet and author of the fiction collection The Blue Valleys ) reveals how the mountains outreach the progress of each generation. Only in the final work, the title entry, does the narrator come to understand the relationship of the landscape to those who dwell within it and, therefore, the careful equations that balance memory and endurance. Morgan brings authenticity to the varied periods he describes, and he gifts his characters with seeming spontaneity and depth. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Mountain life -- Fiction.
Blue Ridge Mountains -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
North Carolina -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Scribner Paperback Fiction,2000
Edition 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed.
Language English
Description 250 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 0743204212 (pbk.)
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