Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
Long Man (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – March 3, 2015
|New from||Used from|
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
*Starred Review* Greene’s second novel revisits blue-collar Appalachia with the same haunting lyricism she brought to her magnificent first novel, Bloodroot (2010). In the summer of 1936, the Tennessee Valley Authority has determined to dam the river Long Man and flood the town of Yuneetah in eastern Tennessee in the name of progress. Just one day remains before the town will be flooded, and most of the citizens have been evacuated. But there are a handful of people who refuse to leave the land that has been in their familiesfor generations. Among them is Annie Clyde Dodson, who longs for her three-year-old daughter, Gracie, to grow up on her beautiful mountaintop farm. As a storm starts to rage, Gracie goes missing, and the sheriff, as well as Annie’s few remaining neighbors, must cover miles of wild country in search of the toddler. In addition, the mysterious Amos, an orphan who grew up in Yuneetah, has returned for one final act of vengeance. Greene, with searing eloquence, seems to channel the frustrations of generations of rural poor in this stark indictment of a soulless government hell-bent on destroying a long-standing community. Her stunning insight into a proud and insular people is voiced with cold clarity and burning anger. --Joanne Wilkinson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
“Searing. . . . [A] poetic literary thriller. . . . An engrossing blend of raw tension and gorgeous reflection.” —The Washington Post
“Powerful. . . . Aching, passionate, and vivid.” —Daniel Woodrell, The New York Times Book Review
"Swift, gorgeous and wickedly smart, Long Man is nearly perfect. . . . As compulsively readable as it is intellectually profound. . . . Greene is a major American novelist in waiting."--Minneapolis Star Tribune, Critics' Pick
“Luminous. . . . In language as unadorned and lovely as a country quilt, Greene invites the reader deeply into the seclusion of the valley and the mountains above. A remarkable love letter to a forgotten time and place.” —The Atlanta Constitution
“This book gives me hope for the future of the literary novel. . . . A virtually perfect blend of lyrical writing and page-turning plot. . . . Beautiful.” —Karen Sandstrom, The Plain Dealer
“A story that forces us to examine our relationship with nature, our understanding of community and, significantly, of social class. . . . [Greene] lends this Depression-era story a moral and ethical vibrancy that we should all pay attention to.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“A tense tale of the sacrifices people make in the name of progress.” —New York Post
“Exquisite . . . Greene’s prose is as mesmerizing as the story she weaves. Readers will never forget this vividly drawn landscape. . . . [The novel’s] breathtaking suspense and images will haunt me forever.” —Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life
“Like Greene’s debut, Bloodroot, the prevailing tone of Long Man is solemn, elegiac. . . . Greene allows the back stories of this small but rich cast of characters to overlap in places, like thin pleats in a skirt.” —The Toronto Star
“Greene even-handedly renders this lost and mostly forgotten world to perfection.” —The Free Lance-Star
“Rich and absorbing. Equal parts mystery, family saga, and backwoods romance, Long Man captures the collision of hardscrabble folk with the unstoppable modern world.” —Stewart O’Nan, author of A Prayer for the Dying and Emily, Alone
“Long Man reads like a painting—the kind that unravels from a scroll, with a landscape that moves through space and time. . . . Greene, born and raised in East Tennessee, evokes [beauty] with the simplest strokes.” —The Greenville News
“Vibrant. . . . The novel grapples with real questions about our relationship to nature and the price of progress, even as it delivers a story as touching and timeless as a folk tale.” —Nashville Scene
“One of the best young chroniclers of contemporary Appalachia. . . . Long Man dramatizes historical events that are still controversial today and raises issues that will resonate strongly.” —Mountain Xpress
“A gem. . . . Long Man is so palpably real that I feel I’ve spent the last few days actually living in Greene’s corner of Depression-era Tennessee. It is a special book—a beautiful piece of work.” —Steve Yarbrough, author of Prisoners of War and The Realm of Last Chances
Top customer reviews
This novel presents the duality of horrific weather and an FDR-era dam project taking away the livelihoods in the hardscrabble community of Yuneetah where, for example, toadstools grow on the floorboards of Beulah, the aged woman who is one of the few who will remain when the dammed waters will drown the town.
As is true with all of Annie Proulx’s fiction, this novel is set in the hardness of place. The reader becomes saturated with the near impossibility of being able to create a living in this community. The people are all uneducated but, in some cases, not totally ignorant.
Long Man is the river And it is this river which will provide the electricity for people who have never had any. Most of the community has left for Detroit—a rather ironic city given the context of what we know today about that city—but a few remain behind, creating an existential angst for people who are divided about whether to leave or not. And that decision has to be made soon, within days because the flood is about to occur. They have all been warned and re-warned.
This is a novel that I could not read at my usual rather rapid pace. The writing is just too good for me to have done so. However, I can understand why readers found this a drag. It moves very, very slowly. I enjoyed that experience. And do believe Amy Greene is one of our best American writers today.
The book is about the trials of interconnected families in the Tennessee valley as the Tennessee Valley Authority rehomes them in order to make their poor farm town into a reservoir.
A small child goes missing and the parent's desperation to find her before the deadline makes up the bulk of the plot. But it isn't a thriller in the modern sense. It's more like things moving toward an inevitable climax. The theme of the story is how the old ways are forgotten as industry and efficiency move in.
The author starts after several families have moved in order to focus on the few characters that are left, alone in a beautiful but impoverished land. Most of the characters inherited their farmland and have relatives buried there. Leaving is a matter of necessity, but many feel they have been robbed of much more than they gain.
The book is predictable, but not in a bad way. The plot of the story doesn't rely on a twist ending or shocking revelations, It's more about history and how we got from there to here.
This is a slow book, about a slow time, a slow place and a slow people, not slow intellectually, though uneducated. It builds to a slow climax around two stories, the disappearance of a small girl and the appearance of a drifter who is a native of the town. How these two stories are related forms the mystery, but the novel is less a mystery than a long series of character sketches, built around the relatives, particularly parents, of the child, the drifter and his foster mother and the town lawman. These are proud and stubborn people, true heirs of their Scottish ancestors. It is clear that the author knows and loves this culture.
If you like action stories and heavy suspense, this is not the novel for you. But if you appreciate stories about the psychology and character of a people and an unusual time and place, you may find this novel as interesting as I did.