The Dollmaker

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 12, 2010 - Fiction - 624 pages
5 Reviews
The Dollmaker was originally published in 1954 to immediate success and critical acclaim. In unadorned and powerful prose, Harriette Arnow tells the unforgettable and heartbreaking story of the Nevels family and their quest to preserve their deep-rooted values amidst the turmoil of war and industrialization. When Gertie Nevels, a strong and self-reliant matriarch, follows her husband to Detroit from their countryside home in Kentucky, she learns she will have to fight desperately to keep her family together. A sprawling book full of vividly drawn characters and masterful scenes, The Dollmaker is a passionate tribute to a woman's love for her children and the land.
 

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This is American fiction at its best. The main character, Gertie Nevels, is the strongest, most independent woman and mother I have ever "met" in a book, and I use quotes, but this is such a well ... Read full review

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American Wife lent me a new perpesctive of the public figure. I found many insights into the complexities of being a first lady in this novel that I probably would not have come up with on my own ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
26
Section 3
41
Section 4
62
Section 5
82
Section 6
105
Section 7
129
Section 8
140
Section 21
359
Section 22
377
Section 23
391
Section 24
409
Section 25
431
Section 26
446
Section 27
461
Section 28
473

Section 9
150
Section 10
160
Section 11
170
Section 12
187
Section 13
210
Section 14
230
Section 15
243
Section 16
264
Section 17
283
Section 18
304
Section 19
321
Section 20
341
Section 29
491
Section 30
513
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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About the author (2010)

Harriette Arnow was born in Wayne County, Kentucky in 1908. From her father, a former teacher who later worked in factories and oil fields, and her mother, also a teacher, Arnow inherited the rich storytelling tradition that inspired much of her written work.  She published her first short stories in 1935 under the pseudonym H.L. Simpson alongside a photograph of her brother-in-law to disguise her gender. Her acclaimed novels, Mountain Path, Hunter’s Horn and The Dollmaker, the last considered her masterpiece and a landmark of American fiction.  She died in 1986 at age seventy-seven.

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