It is the story, seen through the eyes of a small boy, of three yearsFirst published in 1940 and now reprinted with a perceptive foreword by Dean Cadle, James Still's novel River of Earth has become one of the classics of Appalachian literature.
It is the story, seen through the eyes of a small boy, of three years in the life of his family and their kin. He sees his parents pulled between the meager farm with its sense of independence and the mining camp with its uncertain promise of material prosperity. In his world privation, violence, and death are part of everyday life, accepted and endured. Yet, withal, it is a world of dignity, love, and humor, of natural beauty, which Still evokes in sharp, poetic images. No writer has caught more effectively the vividness of mountain speech or shown more honestly the trials and joys of mountain life....Continua