The Coffin Quilt by Ann Rinaldi
The Feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys

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Fanny McCoy has lived in fear and anger ever since that day in 1878 when a dispute with the Hatfields over the ownership of a few pigs set her family on a path of hatred and revenge. From that day forward, along the ragged ridges of the West Virginia-Kentucky line, the Hatfields and the McCoys have operated not withing the law but within mountain codes of their own making. In 1882, when Fanny's sister Roseanna runs off with young Johnse Hatfield, the hatred between the two clans explodes.

As the killings, abductions, raids, and heartbreak escalate bitterly and senselessly, Fanny, the sole voice of reason, realizes that she is powerless to stop the fighting and must learn to rise above the petty natures of her family and neighbors to find her own way out of the hatred.
 

About Ann Rinaldi

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ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history to life. A self-made writer and a newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, she lives in central New Jersey.
 
Published April 1, 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 250 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance, History. Fiction

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As Roseanna stitches the title quilt, she morbidly records the interwoven fates of the two families, and Fanny, watching her, gradually realizes that her sister courted destruction and ""dragged so many of us with her."" Through homespun language, folk remedies, superstition and a vivid picture o...

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Of this historical novel about the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys, PW wrote, "Through homespun language, folk remedies, superstition and a vivid picture of a vengeful religion, Rinaldi skillfully paints the code of honor of Kentucky and West Virginia mountain families."

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