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The Road

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Road by John Ehle

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Originally published in 1967, The Road is epic historical fiction at its best. At the novel's center is Weatherby Wright, a railroad builder who launches an ambitious plan to link the highlands of western North Carolina with the East. As a native of the region, Wright knows what his railway will mean to the impoverished settlers. But to accomplish his grand undertaking he must conquer Sow Mountain, "a massive monolith of earth, rock, vegetation and water, an elaborate series of ridges which built on one another to the top." Wright's struggle to construct the railroad - which requires tall trestles crossing deep ravines and seven tunnels blasted through shale and granite - proves to be much more than an engineering challenge. There is opposition from a child evangelist, who preaches that the railroad is the work of the devil, and there is a serious lack of funds, which forces Wright to use convict labor. How Wright confronts these challenges and how the mountain people respond to the changes the railroad brings to their lives make for powerfully compelling reading.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781572330160
ISBN-10: 1572330163
Format: Paperback / softback
(202mm x 140mm x 28mm)
Imprint: University of Tennessee Press
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Publish Date: 15-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Set deep in the Appalachian wilderness between the years of 1779 and 1784, The Land Breakers is a saga like the Norse sagas or the book of Genesis, a story of first and last things, of the violence of birth and death, of inescapable sacrifice and the faltering emergence of community.

On Earth's Furrowed Brow by John Ehle On Earth's Furrowed Brow, Hardback (June 2007)

Author of the much-celebrated Face of Appalachia, Tim Barnwell once again turns an intelligent and compassionate eye toward rural America.

Trail of Tears by John Ehle Trail of Tears, Paperback (September 1997)

In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the author of the highly acclaimed The Winter People tells the moving, searing story of the betrayal and brutal dispossession of the Cherokee Nation. "(A) beautifully written and emotionally mature book . . . a must".--New York Newsday.

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Author Biography - John Ehle

The Author: A native of Asheville, North Carolina, John Ehle has written seventeen novels and works of nonfiction. His books include The Land Breakers, The Journey of August King, The Winter People, and Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation. Among the honors he has received are the Lillian Smith Prize and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Award.

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