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On the last day of eighth grade, Maggie begins to dream of finding a way to escape the drudgery and confinement of life in the hollow and establish her independence. Her plan begins to fall in place when she enters high school and discovers she has a natural talent for excelling in shorthand, typing, and other business classes. Meanwhile she spares no effort in helping her family continue to survive despite their poverty, a less than fertile few acres, and a family history of instability. The typical spoken language, folkways, traditional beliefs, and religious practices are skillfully woven into this portrait of Appalachian family life. The author's sympathetic insights into mountain culture combined with memorably etched characters and events create a realistic reflection of Tennessee mountain life during the decade following World War II. Maggie's life takes an unexpected turn when her cousin JD reveals a dark secret that could shatter the family. Maggie struggles to maintain her dreams of a better life amidst the many trials that will test the grit of this Appalachian Daughter.

©2014 Mary Jane Salyers (P)2017 Tantor

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  • G'amazing
  • 22-12-2019

Heartwarming story

I enjoyed the book very much. The narrator was wonderful. I had hoped for some resolution for Maggie & her mama; as I had such a similar relationship with my mother and I never knew why she disliked me so much. I also grew up in the Appalachian mountains, and if it hadn’t been for the community taking an interest in me; I wouldn’t have gone on to college. My father spoke the same words that Maggie’s mother did about me thinking that I’m smarter and better than them. And did not come to my high school graduation to hear my speech. So sad when parents do not want their children to have a better life. I do hope Maggie got to read her Great Grandmother’s diary. Am hoping there is a sequel to the story.

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  • Doie
  • 18-11-2020

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A great story to learn about the people , there tough living and the encouraging school teacher.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-2017

Classic coming of age story

A glimpse of mountain life as the the traditional values come up against a changing world.

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  • PeteK57
  • 31-01-2021

Sweet and Heartwarming.

Story of early Americana. These were their struggles and mindset. Not so different from our own.

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  • Erin
  • 29-12-2020

Sequel?

I loved this story! The narrator made the story especially enjoyable! I want to know what happens to Maggie next

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  • Cathy Jones
  • 17-11-2020

Reminded me of Little House on the Prarie

No interesting plot. Just a daily recount of a teenage girl and her family. She was so goody two shoes I got bored. And her mom was so oppressive. I was glad this book was over.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-2020

FANTASTIC

Cannot write them words that reflect how much I enjoyed this book. You will NOT be disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-12-2018

A wonderful read

This book will capture your attention and then your heart. A coming of age story of young Maggie and the well defined characters of family and friends in her life.

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