Long Man (Greene)

Amy Greene. Long Man: A Novel. New York, N.Y.: Knopf, 2014. 288 pages. Hardcover. $25.95

In her much-anticipated second novel Long Man, Amy Greene takes up the challenge of creating a fictional account of the removal of citizens from their homes by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the mid-1930s. No other cultural event affected so many lives in rural East Tennessee, which is the setting of Greene’s novel. The debate about the TVA remains unresolved after nearly eighty years, and recent incidents such as the coal ash spill of 2008 in Kingston, Tennessee, serve as reminders of the source of resistance to the institution.

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Jesse Graves  is the author of two poetry collections, including the recently released Basin Ghosts, and Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine, which won the Weatherford Award, the Appalachian Writers' Association Book of the Year in Poetry, and the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award. He is a native of Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, and teaches at East Tennessee State University.

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