When the Tennessee Valley Authority builds a dam at Wolf Creek to bring electricity to Tollers Ridge, everyone in Geneva's family prepares to move to highr ground except for Granny who refuses to leave her home.
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Grade 6-9-- Geneva Haw, 14, faces a year of perplexity in 1948. On a personal level, she is under pressure from her mother to fit an old-fashioned stereotype of what a lady should be, and her favorite pastimes have been banished. She wants to further her education, but her father sees no reason for her to do so. On a larger scale are the problems presented by the damming of the Cumberland River by the Tennessee Valley Authority. With their farmland soon to be covered by water, the Haws and their neighbors will lose centuries of tradition and the personal landmarks they hold so dear. It is Geneva's task to persuade thorny Granny Haw to move before the law or high water can do her harm. While Geneva's father and uncle debate the value of progress, quaint and cantankerous Granny arrives at a synthesis and cleverly leads Geneva to a better way of life. Resourcefully mixing humor and melancholia, Cole skillfully backlights some subcultural cross-currents of thought that are still operational today. She reconstructs the speech patterns of rural Kentucky and renders them much easier to read than the dialect found in Janice Hold Giles' novels. This is a good story by a talented outsider who has managed to distill what is rare and special about a time and a region so that readers can find some new level of understanding about people and the choices they make.
- Cindy Darling Codell, Belmont Junior High School, Winchester, KY
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Book Description Margaret Mcelderry, 1990. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689505108