By Amy Greene
Author Amy Greene is back with her much anticipated second novel. She does not disappoint. Long Manis sure to be a classic.
In this lyrical novel Amy tells the story of a community lost to progress and the ways of the world. Her characters are depicted with the heart and soul of someone who is familiar with the people. These are Amy’s people, as she is born and bred in eastern Tennessee.
The town of Yuneetah is almost a place out of time, as it has been taken over by the Tennessee Valley Authority. It will soon be under the river water known as “Long Man”, as a dam floods the town. Annie Clyde Dodson holds onto her land, as she does her roots. She clings to the past for the future of her young daughter, Grace.
Amos is a transient who comes back to the valley, in search of his past and perhaps answers to his own unspoken questions. Suddenly, little Grace goes missing the same day that he is seen in Annie’s field.
The town is divided in their belief as to Grace’s whereabouts. Did she drown in the rising waters of the dam, or did Amos take her? Time is running out. The TVA is not very cooperative or sympathetic in offering more time, as they are absorbed in their own plans for the town and valley.
The lyrical novel is beautifully written. The story is gripping and emotional. The book tells of a time, place and people that are an important and an integral part of history. Author Amy Greene does them all a great justice.