By Lee Maynard
Reprint of the 1988 novel about Crum, West Virginia, in Wayne County. A traditional young-man-coming-of-age novel in the time of the Korean War. Opening chapters embrace about every stereotype of Appalachian life imaginable. But later, the beauty of the town and the citizens emerges. The author, who throughout most of the book, only waits for the day he can leave Crum, begins to see his town, friends, and neighbors more compassionately. A very strong first novel.