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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Beaver Meadow Publishing (July 30, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0974208507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974208503
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,053,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the author brings to life the pleasures and trials of long-ago life in a small rural mountain town..." -- Mae Rozell, former Town of Thurman Historian

"The characters are well developed and the descriptions are super....I think it is a 'must' for all our libraries." -- Elaine Cowin, Librarian, Warrensburg Central School

"…strong characters…essence of Adirondack places….highly recommended for readers of any age interested in the Adirondacks, 19th century NY…." -- John Rowan, Schenectady Sunday Gazette, March 2004

About the Author

Persis Granger has lived in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York for over 30 years and now divides her time between Thurman, New York and Trenton, Florida. She draws on her experience in subsistence farming for this book. Her log cabin home, built from scratch by Granger and her husband, Richard, stands at the base of Crane Mountain, where this tale is set. Both Richard and daughter Laurel contributed artwook to the book.

Persis Granger holds a master of science in teaching degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Although "Adirondack Gold" is her first work of fiction, Granger edited and coauthored "Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimer’s: Writing a Path to Peace" (iUniverse, March 2003).


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Persis Granger fell in love with the Lake George region of the Adirondack Mountains when she and her husband moved there with their two daughters in the 1970s, "stumbling," as she says, "into subsistence farming." Beginning on a 7 acre "farmette," as realtors in that back-to-the-land era liked to call them, the Grangers soon sought more land and moved to a 160 acre farm in the mountain town of Thurman. The small community and its history captivated her, and she set her two young adult novels there, centering them around an appealing young man named Hollis Ingraham. With an emphasis first on an engaging story, the books also give insights into 19th century farm and community life and the all-necessary work ethic. Reviewers have highly commended her writing and research in "Adirondack Gold" and "Adirondack Gold II: A Summer of Strangers". Her daughter Laurel Granger Nittinger, illustrated the books, and daughter Robin Granger did the copy editing.

Granger took time out from her novel-writing to coordinate and contribute to the writing of "Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimer's: Writing a Path to Peace," an anthology of accounts by ten women about the loss a parent to this dementia. The book has been dubbed "a support group in print." She freelances for many magazines, including "Adirondack Life," "Adirondack Guest Informer," and "EcoLocal Living."

Persis Granger finds the community of writers to be a wellspring of energy and inspiration. She organizes events for writers, including the Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat, The St. George Island (FL) Writers' Retreat for Women and occasional one-day workshops. She organizes and co-hosts monthly readings by regional authors at Willows Bistro in Warrensburg, NY. She welcomes emailed inquiries about any of these opportunites, as well as requests for author visits and signings.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andyperr on October 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
A cleverly written novel that wraps the reader in the everyday existence of rural living in upstate New York at the end of the 1800's. Through the clear prose of the author we get to share the hopes, joys, fears, and sorrows of a young boy growing up in that environment. Younger readers should also be able to easily relate to the coming-of-age realizations of the young boy. The well defined personality studies of the characters enhance the story, and the plot progression builds to an engrossing and satisfying resolution.
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Well, I feel I could build my own maple syrup shack now. Hollis' exciting and productive experiences in being sent to Grandpa's farm make me yearn to be a back-to-the-land-er. Oh for that simple life back on the farm - home cured hams, fresh garden vegetables, and sweet creamy milk right from the cow. Unfortunately, my problem is that I have already been there and done that. IT IS A LOT OF WORK! But it was great to read about it all once again. This was an exciting adventure for a young boy. It was filled with tragedy and bad luck but all's well that ends well. I would say that this is a feel good book. It is filled with knowledge about life on a small farm. It is homey, comfy and warm. I really enjoyed it.

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By JWINEFRED MARTIN on December 28, 2014
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Although intended for young adults, this book captures the attention of young and old alike. I read it after my husband was raving about it! It is one of those books that is hard to put down and it draws you into the lives of Hollis and his family both good times and bad. It is hard work living on his grandparents farm, but Hollis survives and it left me with a desire to do my own sugaring and to also read the sequel "A Summer of Strangers".
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By bbc1953 on September 27, 2012
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Although Adirondack Gold is advertised as a young adult novel, I would recommend it to anyone! Persis Granger breathes life into her characters and transports her readers to the rural Adirondack Mountains of New York state in the late 1800's. Her writing style is engaging and technically excellent! I enjoyed the book so much that I couldn't wait to read its sequel, A Summer of Strangers! I hope that Ms. Granger will write more stories about life in historic Thurman, a town she, obviously, loves!
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I enjoyed this book more than any other I've read in YEARS!!!! I was completely transformed to this period in time and enthralled with the story. The setting is the Adirondacks in the 19th Century, and the characters and scenery come to life through the author's talented words. The Christmas scene was so powerful I cried tears of joy. I'm giving it to my eldest daughter and my wife to read. Completely thumbs up.
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