Titel: Half Moon Pocosin
Verlag: Academy Chicago Publishers
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
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Set in the 1930s in eastern North Carolina, this is the story of a woman whose parents have forced her to give up her desire to become a teacher and to marry a man she does not love. Isolated in a primitive cabin, Cindy is a devoted mother but is filled with longing for a different kind of life. She knows there must be something outside the Pocosin, the marshland that surrounds her home. She must decide whether to continue living the life others expect of her or to live for herself.From Publishers Weekly:
The studiously simple prose of her first novel is probably Johnson's attempt to invest her short narrative with the quality of a country story told by plain folks. But the touches of dialect are not enough to add color to a generally bland and uninteresting tale. The heroine is Cindy, who in the midst of the Depression lives with her husband, J.D., and their baby daughter, Callie, in a rough house on a North Carolina tobacco farm that's been in J.D.'s family for generations. Only one other family dares to live in Half Moon Pocosin, because folks believe the lonely marshland is haunted. Cindy wouldn't be living there either, if she'd had her way. Her dream was to be a schoolteacher, but her parents pressured her into marrying J.D., a scarecrow of a fellow whose hair always pokes straight up "like weeds on the edge of a wood's fire.'' Slogging her way from one farm chore to another (most of them described in detail), Cindy yearns over a traveling shoe salesman named Sam, tries to find time to read whenever possible and dreams of escape. The ghosts of the women who lived and died in the 'cosin before her watch and wait and hope she'll have the courage they lacked. Concentrating on the monotony of Cindy's life, this novella may ring true as a description of backcountry existence, but it lacks the spark of imagination required to turn dull reality into compelling fiction.
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