The Blue Valley

The Blue Valley

A Collection Of Stories

From Civil War prison camps to contemporary trailer parks, these thirteen memorable tales of life in the Southern Appalachians come alive with an array of intriguing characters -- male and female, young and elderly, learned and unlearned. The separate passions and dreams of these individuals mirror the larger cultural and historical dramas of American life, revealing the strengthening and loosening of the strong bonds of families over generations.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 176 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743204224 | 
  • October 2000
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Chapter 1

A Brightness New and Welcoming

"Here Johnny, have a swallow."

The two South Carolinians held the wooden bucket between them, and the orderly drew out a dipperful and held it to his lips. John took as much into his mouth as he could, hoping the quantity would cover the muddy taste. The only water on the island came from a well in the corner of the yard, a hole not more than twelve feet deep and covered with boards. The boat coming over from Chicago brought a keg of water for the guards and officers, but the prisoners had to drink from the well.

"Better drink it up Reb; all you'll get for a... see more

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