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At fourteen, Cassie Wolphe's way of life in Appalachia is being changed by the influx of modernity/postmodernity. She is in love with Jake McCollum, believes she will marry him and constructs her life around this central act, but like her brother, Ben, Jake rejects a life he believes offers nothing but hard work and poverty. Forced to make a decision between her love of Jake and her love of the mountains, Cassie finds she can't leave, a choice which may define her life forever. At once lyrical, emotionally charged, moving and heartbreaking, Oreads is a literary treat that will keep you compelled right to the very last page and beyond.
Roundfire Books, 9781785351839, 344pp.
Publication Date: January 29, 2016
About the Author
John F. Lavelle, PhD, has an MA in creative writing and another MA in English. He is an associate professor at Florida Institute of Technology
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