A Novel

Greene, Amy

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Named for a flower whose blood-red sap possesses the power both to heal and poison, Bloodroot is a stunning fiction debut about the legacies--of magic and madness, faith and secrets, passion and loss--that haunt one family across the generations, from the Great Depression to today. The novel is told in a kaleidoscope of seamlessly woven voices and centers around an incendiary romance that consumes everyone in its path: Myra Lamb, a wild young girl with mysterious, haint blue eyes who grows up on remote Bloodroot Mountain; her grandmother Byrdie Lamb, who protects Myra fiercely and passes down "the touch" that bewitches people and animals alike; the neighbor boy who longs for Myra yet is destined never to have her; the twin children Myra is forced to abandon but who never forget their mother's deep love; and John Odom, the man who tries to tame Myra and meets with shocking, violent disaster. Against the backdrop of a beautiful but often unforgiving country, these lives come together--only to be torn apart--as a dark, riveting mystery unfolds. With grace and unflinching verisimilitude, Amy Greene brings her native Appalachia--and the faith and fury of its people--to rich and vivid life. Here is a spellbinding tour de force that announces a dazzlingly fresh, natural-born storyteller in our midst.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0307269868
Characteristics: 291 p. (large print) ; ,25 cm.


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Oct 26, 2013
  • msevinrud rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

well developed characters, easy to read, and keeps your interest

Feb 06, 2013
  • dollfacecrafter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

wonderfully told story, mountain life through the generations. loved it.

May 18, 2010
  • lenore rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absoutely loved this book - could not put it down. A great generational commentary of Appalachian life. The poverty and bleakness of everyday life was described in such detail that I felt like I knew the characters. I can hardly wait for her new one!


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