This is a book to place -- and sell -- among those who have liked the work of Jesse Stuart and James Still. It is perhaps less lyrical, but it is even more strikingly, and originally indigenous. Never so forcefully has an unfamiliar -- virtually unknown -- part of the Tennessee mountains been so successfully recaptured in mood and dialect. It is the story of a family, told by old granny Mary Dorthula White -- with each chapter devoted to a member of the clan and a critical point in life. Perfectly done, with cruelty and tenderness side by side, and vivid recapturing of life and speech.