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From the author of the bestselling Gap Creek
comes the story of two boys coming-of-age in the isolated, fundamentalist world of 1920s Appalachia. Moody is the wild one, forever in trouble, given to spending time with prostitutes and bootleggers. Muir has big dreams of leaving home and becoming a preacher or builder, but is shy and unsure of what steps to take. Their widowed mother, Ginny, struggles to move beyond her losses and keep the family together.
After several failed attempts to find his calling, Muir resolves to build a stone church with his own hands on the family land. The consequences of his plan are more grave and far-reaching than anyone could have anticipated. In colorful and detailed prose that alternates between the point of view of Muir and Ginny, Robert Morgan brings a remote time and place to life and tells a moving story. Discussion Points
1. Constantly clashing with one another, Muir and Moody often seem as different as two brothers could be, both in temperament and action. Are there similarities between them as well that emerge over the course of the novel? At what moments do the two come together? Why?
2. As Muir and Moody begin to forge their own paths at a young age, Ginny appears to be a helpless bystander. And yet, as she herself comes to see, "A mama has more influence than she realizes sometimes" (page 258). What effect does Ginny hav