To The Bright And Shining Sun

To The Bright And Shining Sun

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A twisted spar whistled through the air like a cannon ball, cutting through the tops of two maple trees. The air became black with coal dust. As the last echo of the explosion began to thin in the distance, the boy could hear the leaves from the trees settling to the ground around him...In TO THE BRIGHT AND SHINING SUN James Lee Burke brings his brilliant feel for time and place to a stunning story of Appalachia in the early 1960s. Here Perry Woodson Hatfield James, torn between family honour and the lure of seedy "watering holes" must somehow survive the tempestuous journey from boyhood to manhood and escape the dark heritage of the Cumberland Mountains in this surging, bitter novel as authentic as moonshine (New York Times)
ISBN: 9780786889686
Branch Call Number: BUR


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jonathan4300 Jul 27, 2015

better than I expected.

Jan 04, 2015

Note: This lists 1989 as the copyright, but this is a 2014 reissue of Burke's second novel from 1970.
Before he found fame with his long-running Dave Robicheaux series, Burke wrote this book about coal mining families in Appalachia. The son tries to get out, but is dragged about into a world of poverty, poorly paid, dangerous work, violence, and blood feuds. The setting is somewhat similar to both "Justified" and "Winter's Bone" and Burke's writing is suitably gritty and lean. Probably not for the reader new to Burke, this is a good, rare example of Burke working outside of the crime genre. And this may be heresy, but I prefer him to Cormac McCarthy.

Apr 13, 2010

One of JLB's finest. In the tradition of Cormac McArthur, he traces the fateful story of a young man from an impoverished Kentucky coal-miner family through the depression until he is able to finally make his own choices.

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