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Oral History When Jennifer, a college student, returns to her childhood home of Hoot Owl Holler with a tape recorder, the tales of murder and suicide, incest and blood ties, bring to life a vibrant story of a doomed family that still refuses to give up


About the Author: Lee Smith

Growing up in the Appalachian mountains of southwestern Virginia, nine year old Lee Smith was already writing and selling, for a nickel apiece stories about her neighbors in the coal boomtown of Grundy and the nearby isolated hollers Since 1968, she has published eleven novels, as well as three collections of short stories, and has received many writing awards.The sense of place infusing her novels reveals her insight into and empathy for the people and culture of Appalachia Lee Smith was born in 1944 in Grundy, Virginia, a small coal mining town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, not 10 miles from the Kentucky border The Smith home sat on Main Street, and the Levisa River ran just behind it Her mother, Virginia, was a college graduate who had come to Grundy to teach school Her father, Ernest, a native of the area, operated a dime store And it was in that store that Smith s training as a writer began Through a peephole in the ceiling of the store, Smith would watch and listen to the shoppers, paying close attention to the details of how they talked and dressed and what they said I didn t know any writers, Smith says, but I grew up in the midst of people just talking and talking and talking and telling these stories My Uncle Vern, who was in the legislature, was a famous storyteller, as were others, including my dad It was very local I mean, my mother could make a story out of anything she d go to the grocery store and come home with a story Smith describes herself as a deeply weird child She was an insatiable reader When she was 9 or 10, she wrote her first story, about Adlai Stevenson and Jane Russell heading out west together to become Mormons and embodying the very same themes, Smith says, that concern her even today You know, religion and flight, staying in one place or not staying, containment or flight and religion From Lee Smith s official website.



10 thoughts on “Oral History

  1. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    This is a story about five generations of the Cantrell family They live in Hoot Owl Holler in West Virginia Southern life in the mountains of Appalachia is the book s story The first Cantrell came from Ireland The patriarch fought in the Civil War for the Union, lost a leg and when the remaining stump putrefied he died, leaving to his wife an


  2. JG (Introverted Reader) JG (Introverted Reader) says:

    The Cantrell family has lived in Hoot Owl Holler in the mountains of Virginia for as long as anyone can remember They love hard, play hard, and suffer deeply There doesn t seem to be any in between for them Oral History followslet s call it threegenerations of Cantrells, starting with handsome Almarine and his run in with a witch and going on down to


  3. Kathy Kathy says:

    I wanted so much to love this book since it was a recommendation from a friend whose literary taste seems to be in synch with mine I like the beginning stories I liked Almarine and Pricey Jane The book did feel like an oral history But along the way I lost the need to finish When that happens, I know the rest will be difficult to stay with, and it was.


  4. Crystal Crystal says:

    So this book was somewhere between four and five stars for me closer to five because it kept me very interested and I finished it within a week I m slower to the game than many of my colleagues and friends because this is the first Lee Smith book I ve read and if you are literate and live in Southwest Virginia, you had better have read Lee Smith While I grew up in A


  5. Rita Rita says:

    This 1983 meandering series of stories about 4 generations or so of an Appalachian family certainly reads easily Perhaps I have read too many Lee Smiths in too short a time I am getting a little weary of the endless shifting to a different character.OK, in real life we never know any person really very well, we only see one side of them, but somehow in fiction I yearn for a


  6. Steve Lindahl Steve Lindahl says:

    Oral History takes place in western Virginia and spans nearly one hundred years It follows the Cantrell family and covers among others a man returning from the Civil War without a leg, a witch, a bootlegger, a coal miner, and an Amway distributor.I thought there were some aspects to the book that I wished Smith had done differently The tale of the family is bracketed by a story of


  7. Aubrey Kramer Aubrey Kramer says:

    I got the sense that I was watching a television series, only every time Lee switches characters, it s like missing a few episodes You still know what is going on, but it s like you missed something It was very easy to get into this book, I read it in two days, but it was still not one of my favorites There are a lot of explicit sexual encounters that for me, drew away from, rather than su


  8. Susan Susan says:

    Lovely book Think Smith s Fair and Tender Ladies, mixed with Catherine Marshall s Christie The changing voices were jarring at first, but I have to admire her ability to actually speak in different characters voices I could really believe all these characters were telling their own stories She does the same thing so well in The Christmas Letters It is a sad story, but beautifully told full of if o


  9. Kristine W Kristine W says:

    Originally readthan 20 years ago as a BYU student and I can tell its staying power because it s one of the rare, rare, rare books I ve actually held on to ask my book club friends I m so cheap, I NEVER buy the book of the month I stumbled on it in my basement last week, plopped right down and read it start to finish Wacky, upsetting, and a totally different America than one I could ever imagine, something


  10. Michaela Michaela says:

    Once again I love characterization Lee Smith tells the story of generations of an Appalachian Mountain family in first person, but as many people You have the old Granny at first with her traditional way of speaking, a young school teacher from Richmond with his pretentious language, all the way up to a modern day hill billy country diction It s incredible how the author changed her voice throughout the novel to


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