Set in rural North Carolina between the Civil
War and World War I, Love and Lament chronicles the Hartsoe family’s extraordinary
hardships and misfortunes.
Mary Bet, the youngest of nine children, was born
the same year the first railroad arrived in their county. As she comes of age
during the South’s reconstruction and industrialization, she must learn to
overcome her family’s curse: the deaths of her mother and siblings, a
deaf and damaged older brother, and her father’s growing insanity and rejection of God.
the rich tradition of Southern gothic literature, John Milliken Thompson
transports the reader back in time through brilliant characterization and historical details to explore what it means to be a woman charting her own destiny in a rapidly evolving world dominated by men.
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