The Saints of Swallow Hill
  • The Saints of Swallow Hill
  • The Saints of Swallow Hill
ISBN: 1496733320
EAN13: 9781496733320
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 25, 2022
Pages: 352
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Where the Crawdads Sing meets The Four Winds as award-winning author Donna Everhart immerses readers in a unique setting - a turpentine camp buried deep in the vast pine forests of Georgia during the Great Depression--for a captivating story of friendship, survival, and three vagabonds' intersecting lives.

During the Great Depression, wretched labor camps crop up in remote areas of the expansive pine forests throughout the American South. Destitute workers live and toil under terrible conditions to harvest pine gum, hacking into tree trunks, drawing out the sticky sap that gives the Tar Heel State its nickname, and hauling it to stills to be refined into turpentine. Trapped in these isolated locations, workers are entirely dependent on the often greedy, abusive camp owners who provide food and housing at grossly inflated prices. Subsistence living means racking huge debts they are forced to work off, creating an endless cycle of labor and debt. But for the most desperate among America's vast unemployed, these camps are often the last and only option.

This much is true for three individuals whose lives intersect in the deep woods of Georgia at the Swallow Hill turpentine camp in 1932. For Rae Lynn Cobb, a young woman disguised as a man, Swallow Hill offers distance and anonymity from those who would wrongly imprison Read More chevron_right

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1
   Disappointed
I always consult reviews before buying a book, unfortunately no one mentioned the adult sex encounters in the first 33 pages of the book. The book does an injustice if women of this area and era were not anxious for sex.
 
4
   Something different but great story
This book was very good. I enjoyed reading about the unique characters of the book. The characters were easy to relate to. This was a good read.
 
5
   Interesting and a Good Read
I really enjoyed this book. I was interested in the beginning because my mom's family is from North Carolina, which is not in the book. The history of the turpentine business is fascinating and the characters are fascinating. I didn't know that pine gum and turpentine came from the longleaf pines. This is a good story. I almost couldn't put it down after reading it for a couple days.
 
5
   Highly Recommended
Donna Everhart has a talent which is obvious in her books. She gives her readers easily recognizable characters that demand their attention and interest. The Saints of Swallow Hill did not fail to impress, because of her stories. I recommend this book to everyone.
 
5
   Vivid Southern History
Donna Everhart tells the gut-wrenching story of hope rising out of despair in the North Carolina turpentining industry during the depression. All-too-real characters live out their lives in a world where the fumes seem to rise from the page with a plot line that is equally vivid. Brava!
 
4
   good story
The premise of the story intrigued me. During the depression, turpentining occurred in the south. I continued on with the story even though it lost some of its appeal when the bad guys appeared. The last part of the story was better than the beginning. There is a compelling story.
 
5
   Have not finished reading yet.
It was kind of slow, hoping it would pick up. During the depression era, men moved from place to place looking for work.
 
5
   Historical fiction by my favorite NC author is a winner!
The author of the narrative of resilience and survival is my favorite southern author. The Saints of Wallow Hill is a departure from Everhart's previous novels but still captures the heart of strong characters and their survival in horrible conditions. I liked the history of the turpentine industry and the long leaf pine when I was a history teacher. The reader was interested from the beginning to the end because of Everhart's research and knowledge. A great read!
 
5
   what a joy toreador eat writing.
I enjoyed the story of the characters who I hoped would succeed in life and love, and I was not bored with useless details. A great book to read. Couldn't get it down.
 
5
   Another winner
I always order Donna Everhart's books. They are always worth waiting for. I am at the end of the story when I zoom through it because I am living in the world she creates. I will not go into the specifics of the book as other reviewers have done. Ms. Everhart is one of the things that I enjoy most. She gives a light to the good, the bad and the ugly about whatever time period she chooses, letting the reader live the experience with the characters. Every time I read a book by Ms. Everhart, I learn something. I like that. I have never heard of the turpentine camps of North Carolina or the story behind why it is called the Tar Heel state.
 
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