Born in Wayne County, Kentucky on July 7, 1908, Arnow lived on a
farm near Ann Arbor, Michigan for most of her life. Arnow attended
Berea College for two years (1926-1928) before completing her de...
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Kentucky Trace, The
A Novel of the American Revolution
Introduction by Sandra L. Ballard
A gripping portrait of life in the hard-bitten wilderness of
Revolutionary Kentucky, Harriette Simpson Arnow’s The Kentucky
Trace follows surveyor William David Leslie Collins as he
struggles to survive. Collins finds his fellow settlers to be almost
as inscrutable as the weather—at times, they are allies, and at
others, they are adversaries. Collins battles nature, bad luck, and
the quickly shifting political tides to make his way in a changing
world. Showcasing Arnow’s ear for dialogue and offering a wealth of
historical detail, The Kentucky Trace is a masterful work of
fiction by a preeminent Appalachian writer.
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288 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", July 2012