'A terrifying lesson in US history - and a haunting tragedy' GuardianGertie is the young mother of five children - uneducated, determined, strong.
Her only ambition is to own her own small farm in the Kentucky hills where she lives, to become self-sufficient and free. Whenever the struggle to live off the land eases, her inarticulate imagination takes its freedom and flies. Because Gertie is also an artist, a sculptor of wood and creator of beautiful handmade dolls. When the family is forced to move to industrial Detroit, with its pre-fab houses, appliances bought on credit and neighbours on every side, life turns into an incomprehensible, lonely nightmare.
Gertie realises she must adapt to a life where land, family and creativity are replaced by just one thing: the constant need for money. `A masterwork... A superb book of unforgettable strength and glowing richness' New York Times WITH AN AFTERWORD BY JOYCE CAROL OATES
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 624 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/03/2017
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781784871871