Love and Lament
Set in rural North Carolina between the CivilWar and World War I, Love and Lament chronicles the Hartsoe family’s extraordinaryhardships and misfortunes.
Mary Bet, the youngest of nine children, was bornthe same year the first railroad arrived in their county. As she comes of ageduring the South’s reconstruction and industrialization, she must learn toovercome her family’s curse: the deaths of her mother and siblings, adeaf and damaged older brother, and her father’s growing insanity and rejection of God.
Inthe rich tradition of Southern gothic literature, John Milliken Thompsontransports the reader back in time through brilliant characterization and historical details to explore what it means to be a woman charting her own destiny in a rapidly evolving world dominated by men.
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