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Lick Creek: A Novel por Brad Kessler
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Lick Creek: A Novel (original 2001; edição 2002)

por Brad Kessler (Autor)

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Set in the remote mining country of West Virginia in the late twenties, "Lick Creek" is the compelling story of a fiery young woman, Emily Jenkins, and what happens when progress -- and tragedy -- comes to her family's farm. Brad Kessler has a generous and keen eye for natural landscape and its power in human life. In his profound, dramatic first novel, he explores the complex intersections of faith, tradition, and innovation. After the coal mine deaths of her father, brother, and the first man she loved, Emily struggles to support herself and her mother. When construction begins on the power lines, she blames the intruders for everything that has gone awry -- for her mother's increasing withdrawal from life and for lives already lost. Then, an electrical worker is struck by lightning. Brought to their farmhouse unconscious and badly injured, Joseph is taken in by Emily's mother, and Emily is seduced by the mystery of his past, his immigration from Russia, his own mother's deportations, and the world of immigrants forced to flee persecution in their homelands. Moving from romance to high drama, Kessler illuminates the role of… (mais)
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Título:Lick Creek: A Novel
Autores:Brad Kessler (Autor)
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Don't hurry through this book, even though it's tempting, or you will miss a lot of the beautiful imagery. The author uses words like a painter uses a brush. ( )
  EvanAsher | Apr 2, 2014 |
As a child, Joseph had caught his father's passion for tinkering and electricity. But father had to leave home to find work in America. Joseph eventually follows him there, but finds his father broken in spirit, the immigrant experience having beaten him. The time is right, though, for Joseph.

In mountainous, rural Falls County, West Virginia, Emily Jenkins lives with her mother in a poor mining community. Mad at the world, Emily meets Joseph when he is working on the rural electrification project nearby.

I wasn't crazy about this story. Parts of it were ok; but some parts elicited 'good grief's. Except for Joseph, I didn't like the characters; they didn't feel real. The setting, however, was beautifully written. It seemed like a great premise for a story, but the execution didn't grab me. ( )
  countrylife | Oct 13, 2011 |
Emily Jenkins lives in a home with her mother on Lick Creek in West Virginia. Her father and brother had died in the mines. Her mother was in the depths of despair. Now electricity is coming to the area. The surveyors mark the route the line is to take, but it comes too close to her home for Emily's taste. She altered the route. One day one of the workers falls from a pole near the house and is severely injured. Emily's mom Ada takes the man into her home, regaining a purpose in her life. It brings other changes as well. This is a beautiful novel with realistic characters and rich images of the landscape and events. ( )
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Set in the remote mining country of West Virginia in the late twenties, "Lick Creek" is the compelling story of a fiery young woman, Emily Jenkins, and what happens when progress -- and tragedy -- comes to her family's farm. Brad Kessler has a generous and keen eye for natural landscape and its power in human life. In his profound, dramatic first novel, he explores the complex intersections of faith, tradition, and innovation. After the coal mine deaths of her father, brother, and the first man she loved, Emily struggles to support herself and her mother. When construction begins on the power lines, she blames the intruders for everything that has gone awry -- for her mother's increasing withdrawal from life and for lives already lost. Then, an electrical worker is struck by lightning. Brought to their farmhouse unconscious and badly injured, Joseph is taken in by Emily's mother, and Emily is seduced by the mystery of his past, his immigration from Russia, his own mother's deportations, and the world of immigrants forced to flee persecution in their homelands. Moving from romance to high drama, Kessler illuminates the role of

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