Brilliant, evocative, poetic, savage, this Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel (1934) depicts a white, middle-class urban family that is turned into dirt-poor farmers by the Depression and the great drought of the thirties. The novel moves through a single year and, at the same time, a decade of years, from the spring arrival of the family at their mortgaged farm to the winter 10 years later, when the ravages of drought, fire, and personal anguish have led to the deaths of two of the five. Like Ethan Frome, the relatively brief, intense story evokes the torment possible among people isolated and driven by strong feelings of love and hate that, unexpressed, lead inevitably to doom. Reviewers in the thirties praised the novel, calling its prose "profoundly moving music," expressing incredulity "that this mature style and this mature point of view are those of a young women in her twenties," comparing the book to "the luminous work of Willa Cather," and, with prescience, suggesting that it "has that rare quality of timelessness which is the mark of first-rate fiction."
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JOSEPHINE W. JOHNSON, (1910 - 1990), was the author of 11 books of fiction, poetry, and essays. NANCY HOFFMAN is associate provost of Brown University.From Publishers Weekly:
Johnson's (1910-1990) Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel, a combination of social protest and naturalism originally published in 1934, is narrated by the second of three daughters in a farming family impoverished by the Depression. no pw review/pk
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