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Requiem by fire 2 editions

Cover of: Requiem by fire | Wayne Caldwell
About the Book

Charles Frazier called Cataloochee, Wayne Caldwell's acclaimed debut, "a brilliant portrait of a community and a way of life long gone, a lost America." Now, in Requiem by Fire, Caldwell returns to the same fertile Appalachian ground that provided the setting for his first novel, recalling a singular time in American history when the greater good may not have been best for everyone. In the late 1920s, Cataloochee, North Carolina, a settlement tucked deep in the Great Smoky Mountains, is home to nearly eleven hundred souls--many of them prosperous farmers whose ancestors broke the first furrows a century earlier. Now attorney Oliver Babcock, Jr., has been given the difficult task of presenting the locals with two options: sell their land to the federal government for the creation of a national park or remain behind at their own financial peril. While some of the area's inhabitants seem ready to embrace a new and modern life, others, deeply embedded in their rural ways, are resistant. Silas Wright's cantankerous unwillingness to sell or to follow the new rules leads to some knotty and often amusing predicaments. Jim Hawkins, hired by the Parks commission, has relocated his reluctant wife, Nell, and their children to Cataloochee, but Nell's unhappiness forces Jim to make a dire choice between his roots and his family. And a sinister force is at work in the form of the deranged Willie McPeters, who threatens those who have decided to stay put. Requiem by Fire is a moving, timeless tale of survival and change. With humor and pathos, this magnificent novel transports readers to another time and place--and celebrates Southern storytelling at its finest.From the Hardcover edition.

Classifications

Library of Congress PS3603.A438 R47 2010
Dewey 813/.6

2 editions First published in 2010

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Cover of: Requiem by Fire
2010, Random House Publishing Group
Requiem by Fire
Electronic resource in English
Cover of: Requiem by fire
2010, Random House
Requiem by fire
in English - 1st ed.

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