Tear Down the Mountain by Roger Alan Skipper
In their tiny, secluded mountain community, Sid Lore and Janet Hollar are misfits: Sid because he wasn’t born here, Janet because she can’t satisfy her Pentecostal church’s demand to speak in tongues. The two drift together and get married, and soon the optimistic, independent newlyweds vow to forge their own reality. Appalachian life, however, proves difficult: family and friends die or move away and Sid’s work-related injuries make it impossible to earn a living. As his enters a rut of odd jobs, bar brawls, and dog fights, Janet discovers new worth — and a hidden talent for destruction. Just when they don't think they can sink any lower, the "superior" outside world discovers their mountains, their lake, their forests, and their “rednecks” — which brings new problems. Incisive prose, vivid characters, and a compulsively readable narrative make this novel about lives cramped and cornered by economic and cultural forces a stunning debut.
- Publisher: Soft Skull Press (September 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933368349
Summer Session by Kelly L. Frey, Sr. & Kelly L. Frey II
Scott Greenwood was the golden boy in his small Texas town. But his life changes forever when his family is killed and he has to move to New England to live with his cold and distant aunt. Left to his own devices, and with the guilt of his possible complicity in his family’s death, Scott finds his new life inextricably intertwined with Stewart Academy, the elite prep school that overshadows his new home. Life’s lessons come hard as Scott attempts to fit into this unfamiliar place. He finds himself involved in all of the intrigue, deceit, and legendary pranks of the unforgettable characters that populate the world of the ultra-rich and extra-ordinarily talented prep school ranks—an unimaginable journey that culminates in the climax of the Summer Session.
- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.; 1st edition (June 20, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595342183