Half Moon Pocosin

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Academy Chicago Publishers, 1997 - Fiction - 167 pages
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Set in the 1930's in eastern North Carolina, this is the story of Cindy, a woman whose parents have forced her into giving up her deep desire to become a school teacher, and pressured her into marrying a man she does not love. Isolated in a primitive cabin, overwhelmed by daily drudgery, Cindy is a devoted mother but is filled with longing for another kind of life. Like the women who lived on the land before her, Cindy knows there must be something outside the Pocosin, the marshland that surrounds her home. On occasion, the ghosts of three women appear to Cindy, and she understands that she is not alone. The path her life has taken is already well worn by the women who lived on the land before her. Cindy must decide whether to continue living the life others expect of her or to live for herself. But freeing herself from the only life she knows also means severing ties with her family and risking the fate of her small daughter, Callie. Half Moon Pocosin catches the reader's imagination as it vividly depicts Cindy's difficult life, emblematic of hard times suffered by those who lived off the land.

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