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"Matthews is a graceful writer, providing the necessary historical facts and documentations while keeping us squarely focused on the people and their stories . . . Simply splendid." Booklist, starred review
"An often poignant story that is both instructive and wittyand likely to impel many to take a closer look at their own family trees." Larry Lockridge, professor of English, New York University; author, Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr.
It took me a LONG time to finish this book -- there just wasn't enough to sustain a "page-turning" interest.
Also, I share the opinion that not much in this book was interesting, although it would have been if I were connected with the Hammil family.
I personally enjoy genealogy, and this account of an average middle class family held my interest throughout the book.
I really liked the mix of fiction and non-fiction. This is exactly how I tell stories in my head when I do any kind of historical research. Read morePublished 16 months ago by utstrucken
Genealogy this good sets a standard we all wish we could reach. Of course, it's always more interesting to the family than to outsiders. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Peter B. Nelson
This is two books in one. First, it is a family history, a genealogy of the Hammill family. Second, it is a story of how a somewhat-typical middle-class family migrated to new... Read morePublished on April 15, 2011 by Colinda
I chose this book as I enjoy family history research in the hopes that it would provide and interesting family history and insights into how the research was carried out. Read morePublished on February 9, 2011 by T. J. Mathews
What could have been a decent "family lineage"-type of book ended up a sort of mish-mash of historical fact and "fill in the blanks" fictional snippets, not that either is... Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by L. Mountford
This book has a nice idea. Instead of telling the story of the rich and famous, or the poor and downtrodden, why not follow a solidly "middle" family through history. Read morePublished on December 24, 2010 by Arthur Digbee
Linda Matthews has done a wonderful job of taking family genealogy notes and weaving them into a historical novel that spans several generations of the Hammill family. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by James Choma
This had all the components of being a really good book. The topic sounded great.
But look, either you keep it factual, and it's history, or you write a novel based loosely on... Read more
This is an engaging story about the author's ancestors, who hailed from Scotland and emigrated to the United States. Read morePublished on July 15, 2010 by Shopaholic