On Bear Mountain by Deborah Smith

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Dirt-poor, sensitive as poets, and proud as kings, the Powell family has lived on a Georgia mountaintop for generations. Then, during the 1960's, young Ursula Powell's father convinces the Tiber family, owners everything in nearby Tiberville, to commission a huge iron sculpture of a bear for the town. Decades later the strange sculpture - rejected by the townspeople and left to rust on the Powell farm - symbolizes a family's failure and thwarted dreams. But, unknown to Ursula, it is now worth such a huge fortune that the artist's embittered son, Quentin Ricconni, is coming to reclaim it . . . and to change everything Ursula believes about the past, the choices that break a heart, and the redeeming powers of art and love.
 

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Deborah Smith is the NYT bestselling author of A Place To Call Home, Sweet Hush, and others. Modern romance/women's fiction with southern settings. Reviewers compare to Anne Rivers Siddon, Fanny Flag, Pat Conroy and other notable southern authors.
 
Published July 15, 2009 by Bell Bridge Books. 286 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Business & Economics, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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She grows up healthy and happy on the Powell farm located on (where else?) Bear Creek, playing around the Iron Bear, which her father eventually bought and moved to his land, though at a terrible cost: he then couldn’t afford medical care for Ursula’s mother, who died in childbirth as a result.

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A hillbilly girl from Georgia and a rebellious Brooklyn boy find out the hard way that some family ties bind tighter than others in this highly readable novel by the author of A Place to Call Home. Ur

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When the Tibers threaten to trash the Bear, Ursula's father scrapes together money the family can ill afford to install the sculpture in the Powell pasture.

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Little did Brooklyn sculptor Richard Ricconi know when he created a strange and abstract bear out of scrap iron for the town of Tiberville, Ga., that his work would be so controversial or so important to others after he was gone.

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