Boone Fawley and his family head south into Arkansas in 1808, unprepared for swamp hazards or the habits of the Indians, fearing for their lives, propelled by the pioneer belief that the land is theirs for the taking. Reprint. K. PW. NYT.
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This frontier saga centers on the Folly family's survival in the wilderness that eventually becomes Arkansas. Difficulties include Dosage Indians, hostile traders and the total destruction brought by the New Madrid earthquake. Austin reads the story in vernacular common to central Arkansas and Missouri, a dialect which may be unfamiliar to many listeners. He varies his voice in tone, pronunciation and speech pattern to allow for French accents, different classes of frontiers-men and women. Austin expertly recreates the dramatic emotions, frightening events and culture that characterized this era. The quick-paced and enlivened reading of a captivating story will please listeners. P.A.J. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award winner (c)AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Kirkus Reviews:
A first-class yarnspinner (The Search for Temperance Moon, 1991, etc.) lives up to his award-winning standard in this latest saga from the Arkansas wilderness--in which a hardy pioneer family survives an earthquake, Indian attackers, and the designs of unscrupulous men before taking root and prospering in the Ozarks. The Fawley clan, of humble English origin, arrives in St. Louis--then the edge of the frontier--at the beginning of the 19th century, when Spanish, French, British, and American interests were vying for control. Taking his family into the forest in search of a homestead, Boone Fawley soon becomes embroiled in a savage trading war, narrowly avoiding the gruesome fate suffered by upstart traders who befriended him. Subsequent tranquility is shattered by the cataclysm of the New Madrid earthquake, which swallows the Fawley cabin and Boone's sister, leaving him befuddled and increasingly helpless, and forcing his wife and sons to take charge. Questor and John save their father from would-be robbers en route to a new home, so that the family arrives intact in the hills above Little Rock, settling down to raise cotton and run a profitable still--until one day Boone wanders off to Texas never to be seen again. His grieving wife Molly dies when bitten by a snake, and the boys carry on, increasingly indebted to the ruthless planter who owns their fields and covets John's lovely bride. They escape their virtual slavery when an Eastern rube comes along wanting to buy the land from them. They flee to the remote Ozarks, but trouble follows and a final bloody encounter is necessary before they can be fully free of their past. Vivid and lively, with each character superbly drawn: an engrossing if far-fetched tale of family life and unsung heroes in the taming of the West. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Harpercollins (Mm), 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061007706
Book Description Harpercollins (Mm). PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0061007706 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0017993