Sap Rising by Christine Lincoln

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In this spare and mesmerizing debut, Christine Lincoln takes us inside the hearts and minds of African Americans whose lives unfold against a vividly evoked rural community. As they navigate between old and new, between youth and responsibility, they find themselves choosing between the comforts of what they trust without question and the fearsome excitements of what they might come to know.

One young man’s world is both expanded and contracted by stories he hears from a beautiful stranger. Another stumbles across his mother having an affair with his uncle. An intense friendship forms between one woman afraid she will turn out like everyone else and one afraid she won’t. Lincoln’s down-to-earth voice, saturated with the manner and details of the South, brings her characters to life with a remarkably light touch and an extraordinary depth of emotion. In Sap Rising, she proves herself one of those writers whose work transcends its own rich particularity to speak with clarity to the most fundamental elements of the human experience.

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Christine Lincoln was born and raised in Baltimore. At age thirty-four, she graduated from Washington College and was awarded the school's Sophie Kerr Prize, an event that was covered by "The New York Times" and "The Washington Post," "From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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In “Acorn Pipes,” Hiron’s sudden, gruesome accidental death by axe prompts second-oldest daughter Hira to fabricate for the benefit of her incredulous sisters a tall tale about their father teaching her to make acorn pipes.

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This first collection of short stories centers on the lives of African-Americans in the rural South, and many of them are set in a deceptively simpler time -- a time when the Bible is probably the only book in the house and days are marked by ''the comings and goings of the Peter-Wheat Bread truc...

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When she realizes her mother isn't coming back, in "A Hook Will Sometimes Keep You," Pontella comes to believe she is turning invisible, though her Aunt Loretta loves her dearly.

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Trees figure quite intensely in the short stories of Christine Lincoln, compiled under the title SAP RISING.

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His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review, Time Magazine, and BusinessWeek.

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