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A lyrical telling of an unlikely romance,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (Paperback)
The Page Turners Book Club of Greensburg Kentucky selected this book by John Fox, Jr. as its June 1999 selection. The club rated it a 7 on our scale of 1-10. We felt this Kentucky author captured the spirit and essence of pre-coal mining life in the Eastern Kentucky mountains. This love story unfolds against the devastating changes which occurred when the coal companies came and ravaged the mountains and exploited the local people. Fox weaves the story of an enterprising "furriner" and a local mountain girl against the background of a beaconing lonesome pine tree which provides shelter, solace, and hope from the first page to the last. In language lyrical and poetic, he describes the beauty of the mountains and the promise of love delayed. While accomplishing this he doesn't shirk from descriptions of the rigors and harshness of mountain life and the terror of an unseen enemy. John Fox, Jr. was the first author in the U.S. to write a book which sold a million copies, "The Little Sheperd of Kingdom Come" also set in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.