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October 20, 2002
9780813122380
English
272
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October 20, 2002
9780813190235
English
272
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Shady Grove

Broke Neck, Kentucky, lies deep in Appalachia. Its people are descendents of the men and women who settled the country during the Revolutionary War, and their ways have not changed much in the past two hundred years.

Shady Grove chronicles the riotous adventures and misadventures of Broke Neck's Fowler clan, among them Frony, the feisty and articulate widow who narrates the tale, and Sudley, the thrice-married farmer and quintessential "ridge man." Sudley, who wields considerable political influence among his kin and community, isn't happy when a new preacher from "outside" comes in from his city-based denomination with ideas about what's wrong in Broke Neck. What follows is a compelling example of the tension between urban viewpoints and rural traditions, a central conflict in Appalachia.

The town's delicate balance is disturbed when other outsiders—federal revenue officials and four suitors responding to a personal ad—converge in an unlikely climax that is both comic and telling. In her last book of fiction about her adopted Kentucky homeland, Janice Holt Giles cleverly dispels the common stereotypes of rural peoples by creating honest, believable characters who cherish their soil, churches, songs, and lines of kin. Shady Grove is a novel that makes us laugh and touches our hearts.

Janice Holt Giles (1905-1979), author of nineteen books, lived and wrote near Knifley, Kentucky, for thirty-four years. Her biography is told in Janice Holt Giles: A Writer's Life.

Reviews

"Giles's most funny, and most favorite book is finally back in print. How delighted followers will be to find this formerly hard-to-find novel easily accessible."—Appalachian Heritage

"Provides its readers with fun as well as an expose on the abuses of the nation's poverty program, not just in Appalachia, but across the nation."—Bowling Green (KY) Daily News

"The culmination of her years of observing the region and its people and one of her most brilliantly staged works."—McCormick (SC) Messenger

"A book rich in incident and humor."—Mountain Eagle

"In Shady Grove , Janice Holt Giles attempts to smash media caricatures while portraying the ridge people honestly and realistically, dirt and warts included. It is her final tribute to her husband's people and culture, which she had learned to respect and love. She took his old-timey people and their colorful metaphors, folkspeech, and wild humor, combined them with generous pieces of folk wisdom, and threaded them into a story as warm and comfortable as a homemade quilt."—Wade Hall, from the Foreword

University Press of Kentucky

9780813122380 : shady-grove-giles
Hardback
272 Pages
$60.00 USD
9780813190235 : shady-grove-giles
Paperback / softback
272 Pages
$25.00 USD

Other Titles by Janice Holt Giles

Act of Contrition

Janice Holt Giles, foreword by Wade Hall
Oct 2005 - University Press of Kentucky
$25.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Run Me a River

Janice Holt Giles
Oct 2003 - University Press of Kentucky
$60.00 USD - Hardback
$25.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Wellspring

Janice Holt Giles
Jun 2002 - University Press of Kentucky
$25.00 USD - Paperback / softback

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