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The Dollmaker

The Dollmaker

Author: Harriette Arnow

Year Published: 1954

Description: Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker centers on Gertie Nevels, a spirited family matriarch who is forced to abandon her home and dreams in rural Kentucky to join her husband after he gets a job in Detroit during World War II. Once there, she must draw upon strength and grit cultivated from years of living and working the land to survive a new type of hardship and sacrifice. A bestseller, the book was widely praised for its vivid descriptions of both Appalachia and urban life and adapted into a 1984 television movie starring Jane Fonda.

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'They reached the highway, stretching empty between the pines, silent, no sign of cars or people, as if it were not a road at all, but some lost island of asphalt coming from no place, going nowhere.'

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