Tear Down the Mountain: An Appalachian Love Story

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Soft Skull Press, 2006 - Fiction - 220 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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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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About the author (2006)

Born in the Appalachian mountains of western Maryland, Roger Alan Skipper received a public-school vocational education, then served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. A career in the construction/building supply industry progressed from menial jobs to a top-level management position in a multi-store retail outlet.

In 1999, at the age of forty-seven and shortly after paying his youngest son’s final college tuition bill, Skipper resigned his position to pursue companion lifetime goals: his own college education and a career as a novelist. The award of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship propelled him to a graduate degree in writing. Skipper lives near his birthplace in the mountains, where he writes, hunts wild ginseng, picks the banjo, and builds musical instruments.

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