The Mammoth Cheese by Sheri Holman
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An Our Town for our times, The Mammoth Cheese is beautifully crafted and driven by warm, vibrant characters as it follows the residents of rural Three Chimneys, Virginia, on their journey to re-create the original Thomas Jefferson-era, 1,235-pound "Mammoth Cheese." As the book opens, the town is joyously celebrating the birth of the Frank Eleven: eleven babies simultaneously born to Manda and James Frank after fertility treatments. But as autumn progresses and the babies weaken, the community seeks to redeem itself through the making and transporting of a symbolic Mammoth Cheese to Washington, as a gift for the newly elected President Brooke. The cheese is the brainchild of August Vaughn, a farmhand by day and a President Jefferson impersonator by night, and the creation of Margaret Prickett, a single mother and cheese maker trying to save her century-old family farm. Sheri Holman seamlessly weaves together the lives of Three Chimneys, delving into her characters' inescapable family histories as they grapple with religion, divorce, politics, and unrequited love. The Mammoth Cheese is a triumphant exploration of the burdens and joys of rural America and the debts we owe to history, our parents, and ourselves.
 

About Sheri Holman

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Sheri Holman is the author of A Stolen Tongue; Th e Dress LoSheri Holman is the author of A Stolen Tongue; Th e Dress Lodger, a New York Times Notable Book; and Th e Mammoth Cheesedger, a New York Times Notable Book; and Th e Mammoth Cheese, short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction and a San Fr, short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction and a San Francisco Chronicle and Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. ancisco Chronicle and Publishers Weekly Book of the Year.
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 470 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Poor Manda Frank’s nightmarish maternity (exacerbated when several babies inevitably die) is smartly juxtaposed with Margaret’s initially passionate, eventually wavering support of the pragmatic Brooke, and her conflicted relations with two other beautifully realized characters: her hired hand A...

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In his all-important pre-election speech, Governor Brooke quotes the Prickett motto - Omnis pecuniae pecus fundamentum (the herd is the foundation of all wealth) - and claims it was a saying taught to him by his own grandfather.

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Review: A kitchen sink of a novel -- with everything from politics to multiple births -- for readers who like their fiction extra large.

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Recently divorced from her husband, she's struggling to keep her small dairy farm afloat while raising her 13-year-old daughter Polly, protecting her from the corrupting influences of modern life.

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In 2000's The Dress Lodger, Holman was as seductive as a siren with her brutal, bleak tale of a desperate woman in 19th-century England.

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