Raintree County by Ross Lockridge

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Throughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life—from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana, to the battles of the Civil War, to the politics of the Gilded Age, to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father. Shawnessy is the epitome of the place and period in which he lives, a rural land of springlike women, shady gamblers, wandering vagabonds, and soapbox orators. Yet here on the banks of the Shawmucky River, which weaves its primitive course through Raintree County, Indiana, he also feels and obeys ancient rhythms. A number-one bestseller when it was first published in 1948, this powerful novel is a compelling vision of 19th-century America with timeless resonance today.

About Ross Lockridge

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Ross Lockridge, Jr., was born in 1914 in Bloomington, Indiana. Lockridge committed suicide at the age of 33 in his hometown, two months after his only novel was published to great critical and popular acclaim. Herman Wouk is the bestselling author of The Caine Mutiny, Don't Stop the Carnival, War and Rememberance, and The Winds of War.
Published September 1, 2007 by Chicago Review Press. 1092 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Children's Books. Fiction

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It is a told on two levels of time, as Johnny Shawnessy, in middle life, looks back during passage of a 4th of July celebration, on the tangled web of his life.

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Raintree County , a first novel published in 1948 by Houghton Mifflin, was a sensation.

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January 4: Ross Lockridge Jr.'s Raintree County, his first and only novel, was published on this day in 1948.

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