Tear Down the Mountain: An Appalachian Love Story

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Soft Skull Press, Oct 15, 2006 - Fiction - 208 pages
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In their tiny, secluded mountain community, Sid Lore and Janet Hollar are misfits: Sid because he wasn’t born here, Janet because she can’t satisfy her Pentecostal church’s demand to speak in tongues. The two drift together and get married, and soon the optimistic, independent newlyweds vow to forge their own reality. Appalachian life, however, proves difficult: family and friends die or move away and Sid’s work-related injuries make it impossible to earn a living. As his enters a rut of odd jobs, bar brawls, and dog fights, Janet discovers new worth — and a hidden talent for destruction. Just when they don't think they can sink any lower, the "superior" outside world discovers their mountains, their lake, their forests, and their “rednecks” — which brings new problems. Incisive prose, vivid characters, and a compulsively readable narrative make this novel about lives cramped and cornered by economic and cultural forces a stunning debut.

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

This is a tragic story about love in hard times. Sid and Janet's love story. To describe Janet is to think of a quiet running stream. She is shallow and it is easy to see to the bottom of her ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rusty - Goodreads

This is a really good book that got overlooked. It's as incisive a book as you'll find about the rural Appalachian south. Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Roger Alan Skipper lives in Maryland, near his Appalachian birthplace. His first novel, Tear Down the Mountain, was published in 2006.

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