The choiring of the trees: a novel

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Apr 8, 1991 - Fiction - 388 pages
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A young mountaineer is sentenced to the electric chair in 1914 Arkansas because of the testimony of a thirteen-year-old-girl who was raped in the backwoods of the Ozarks. Nail Chism appears doomed to death-until his innocence is championed by the staff artist of the state's leading newspaper. "A superbly rewarding novel" (Christian Science Monitor). Harvest American Writing series

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Review: The Choiring of the Trees (Stay More #5)

User Review  - Jane Wynne - Goodreads

I enjoyed the premise of the story and the history behind it which was really interesting. I also loved the way the speech was written so you could really hear how the characters should be heard. My ... Read full review

Review: The Choiring of the Trees (Stay More #5)

User Review  - Teresa - Goodreads

I can't say that I didn't enjoy this book, but I also can't recommend it. It's a good enough story, but it had content that made me a bit too uncomfortable, and it was WAAAAAY too long. Save your time for something else. Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Donald Harington (1935 -2009) was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and spent nearly all of his childhood summers in the Ozark mountain hamlet of Drakes Creek, his mother's hometown, where his grandparents operated the general store and post office. There, before he lost his hearing to meningitis at the age of twelve, he listened carefully to the vanishing Ozark dialect and the old tales told by local storytellers. He published his first novel in 1965, and he subsequently published fourteen more, most of them set in the Ozark hamlet of his own creation, Stay More, loosely based on Drakes Creek. Acclaimed by critics as "an undiscovered continent," "America's Chaucer," and "one of the most powerful, subtle and inventive novelists in America," Harington was the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award, the Porter Prize, the Heasley Prize, and the Oxford American Lifetime Achievement Award.