The Powell brothers-Muir and Moody-are as different as Cain and Abel. Muir is an innocent, a shy young man with big dreams. Moody, the older and wilder brother-embittered by the death of his father, by years of fighting his mother, and by his jealousy of Muir's place in the family-takes to moonshine and gambling and turns his anger on his brother. Muir escapes by wandering, making his way around the country in attempts to find something-an occupation, a calling-to match his ambition.
Through it all, their mother, Ginny, tries to steer her boys right, all the while remembering her own losses: her husband (whose touch still haunts her), her youth, and the fiery sense of God that once ordered her world.
When Muir, in a drunken vision, decides that his purpose in life is to clear a space on a hill and build a stone church with his own hands, the consequences of his plan are far-reaching and irrevocable: a community threatens to tear itself apart, men die, and his family is forever changed. All that's left in the aftermath are the ghosts and the memories of a new man.
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This is a world of conscience based on personal faith—Scripture is the characters’ language and their food—but that doesn’t prevent Muir from indulging in the most unlikely (though admittedly compelling) of first dates: the lynching of an elephant.| Read Full Review of This Rock
Embittered by the death of their father and the preferential treatment Muir gets from their mother Ginny, he bootlegs and gambles, always ready with a smart remark for his young brother and always ready for a fight with anyone who disagrees with him.Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of This Rock
Cain and Abel, meet Muir and Moody Powell, a pair of yin-and-yang brothers from the same patch of mountain folk who populated Morgan's last work, the Oprah-anointed best-seller Gap Creek.Oct 19 2001 | Read Full Review of This Rock
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