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Bloodroot

by Amy Greene

Bloodroot
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    Jan 2010, 304 pages
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    Jan 2011, 304 pages

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A haunting debut novel that reveals the intertwining lives of an Appalachian family from the Great Depression to today

Bloodroot presents a range of voices by weaving together narratives from Myra Lamb's family. Author Amy Greene prevents the narratives from sprawling like kudzu by organizing them into paired sections, allowing characters to alternate speaking in groups of two. The result is a dynamic, layered effect that allows the reader to sink progressively deeper into the Lamb family, as opposed to the traditional approach of going forward through a linear plot progression. Bloodroot still contains a careful, precise plot, but that structure does not become fully apparent until the final pages of the novel.

Greene opens her stories quietly, depicting her characters in moments of reflection and pause, asking her readers to wait for the action that promises to be delivered at a later time. For the first half of the novel Greene asks for a great deal of patience from the reader, but what begins...

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