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Tear Down the Mountain: An Appalachian Love…

Tear Down the Mountain: An Appalachian Love Story

by Roger Alan Skipper

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This is a tragic story about love in hard times. Sid and Janet's love story. To describe Janet is to think of a quiet running stream. She is shallow and it is easy to see to the bottom of her personality. Sid is more like a deep rushing rapid. He is turbulent and complicated. The violence that springs up between them is defiant and born out of a survival mode of sorts. They meet as children, innocent enough, outside of a church. Both come from volatile homes so it's only natural they continue that chaos as a couple. Everything about their relationship is tragic. As children the tragedies start small but as adulthood and poverty put them into a stranglehold they have no choice but to lash out in violent ways. What surprised me the most was how Janet's violence altered Sid's emotions more than Sid's violence got to Janet. She could hurt Sid without even trying. One of the heartbreaking things about Sid is his heart was in the right place but he couldn't catch a break. Ever. He kind of reminded me of my cousin in that respect. Most of the story is told from Sid's perspective and only at the beginning and end do we know what Janet was thinking or feeling. ( )
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"Sid Lore and Janet Hollar drift together as misfits in their secluded Appalachian community, seeking to forge a life for themselves in the face of the hardships of mountain life - hardships that threaten to upend their relationship and their very existence. A love story and a tale of a land overtaken by the outside world, this is the story of contemporary Appalachia from within."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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