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Amy Greene's Bloodroot Is A Great Example Of A Literary Masterpiece

  • Apr 27, 2010
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Reading Amy Greene's BLOODROOT causes you to long for a more simple time in life when things were not as complicated as they can be as adults. Sure there are problems, but you deal with them in your own way in order to make life bearable.

Greene writes in a way that soothes the reader and allows you to forget about the cares of your own day and settle into those of the characters. You laugh and play with them, and feel sorry for their circumstances when the time warrants. Regardless of the emotion you might experience, there is no way for you to read this book and not let a piece of it go along with you.

Truly a literary work of art that speaks volumes about growing up and living life with few regrets and many lessons learned along the way.

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review by . March 04, 2010
The bloodroot is a flower that has the capacity to both heal and poison. The same could be said of one of the story's most memorable characters, Myra. Myra lives on Bloodroot Mountain, and it is clear that the mountain also lives IN her, as she never rests easy when she is away from it. Myra and other women in her family tree are said to have mystical powers. In her family and on the mountain in general, these powers have been used for good. But, when it comes to the men in her life, something about …
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2010:Bloodrootis that rare sort of family saga that feels intimate instead of epic. Set in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, it’s told largely in tandem voices that keep watchful eyes on Myra Lamb. She is a child of the mountain, tied to the land in ways that mystify and enchant those around her. There’s magic to Myra--perhaps because she has the remarkable blue eyes foretold by a nearly-forgotten family curse--but little fantasy to her life.Bloodrootis as much about the Lambs as it is about a place, one that becomes ever more vivid as generations form, break free, and knit back together. Its characters speak plainly but true, they are resilient and flawed and beautiful, and there's a near-instant empathy in reading their stories, which--even in their most visceral moments--are alluring and wonderful. --Anne Bartholomew

A Q&A with Amy Greene

Question: You’ve lived all your life in East Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, a part of the country you depict vividly in Bloodroot. How did you imbue a familiar place with such detail and even magic? What was it like to put the language you’d heard all your life into words on the page, as dialogue?

Amy Greene: There is, I think, an intimacy with the landscape that comes with living here. Most of my childhood was spent outdoors, a part of my experience that emerges naturally in my writing. Bringing the language I’ve heard all my life to the page also came easily. It...

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ISBN-10: 0307269868
ISBN-13: 978-0307269867
Author: Amy Greene
Publisher: Knopf

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