Between the Flowers: A Novel

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Between the Flowers is Harriette Simpson Arnow's second novel. Written in the late 1930s, but unpublished until 1997, this early work shows the development of social and cultural themes that would continue in Arnow's later work: the appeal of wandering and of modern life, the countervailing desire to stay within a traditional community, and the difficulties of communication between men and women in such a community.
    Between the Flowers goes far beyond categories of "local color," literary regionalism, or the agrarian novel, to the heart of human relationships in a modernized world. Arnow, who went on to write Hunter's Horn (1949) and The Dollmaker (1952)―her two most famous works―has continually been overlooked by critics as a regional writer. Ironically, it is her stinging realism that is seen as evidence of her realism, evidence that she is of the Cumberland―an area somehow more "regional" than others.
    Beginning with an edition of critical essays on her work in 1991 and a complete original edition of Hunter's Horn in 1997, the Michigan State University Press is pleased to continue its effort to make available the timeless insight of Arnow's work with the posthumous publication of Between the Flowers.

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Harriette Simpson Arnow (1908–1986) was born in Kentucky and later moved to Detroit. Arnow is among the foremost chroniclers of Appalachian life and the great postwar migration north.

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Renowned in her time for her novels The Dollmaker and Hunter's Horn, Arnow (1908-1986) is largely unknown to contemporary readers. This early novel, Arnow's second work, was written in the 1930s, but not published in her lifetime. It carries some of the detailed heft of Dreiserian naturalism and more than a whiff of Steinbeck's dust bowl atmosphere and social awareness. Set in the locale Arnow knew well, the Cumberland region of Kentucky, the narrative describes the life and marriage of gifted, inquisitive Delph Costello and Marsh Gregory, a loner and daredevil who refocuses his energy on subsistence farming in hopes of providing the kind of security he believes Delph wants. Delph, however, yearns to know what lies beyond the hills and hollows, and she watches her contemporaries go off to Akron, Cincinnati and New York. Marsh is threatened by his feisty wife's independence, but his attempts to maintain authority breed frustration, for there is no end to the hardships of farming in Appalachia. With authoritative ease, Arnow realistically depicts the cycles of flood and drought, ravaging diseases and debilitating bitternessAand the help that comes only from neighbors. Pressured and confused, Marsh reacts violently when a pregnant Delph defies him. Delph tries to reconcile her wanderlust with her yen for stability, but the marriage is ruined. She is a character Arnow wrote about again, doomed because of her imagination and her dreams to remain an outsider. The narrative does meander, however, and in this ironic age, a reader may not know what to make of this patchwork of hardscrabble details and triumphant sincerity. (Nov.) FYI: Michigan State Univ. Press reissued Arnow's The Dollmaker in March 1999.
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