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Beneath the apple leaves

by Verna, Harmony,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction FIC VERNA
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC VERNA
Penn Hills Library Fiction VER
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  VER
Robinson Library Fiction FIC VERNA
Location  Robinson Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC VERNA
In 1914, Andrew Houghton's family is one of hundreds eking out an existence in the coal mines of southwestern Pennsylvania. Though he longs to be a veterinarian, he's fated for a life underground, picking rock alongside his father.That destiny changes when his aunt, Eveline Kiser, arranges for her husband to secure Andrew an apprenticeship on the railroad. Wilhelm Kiser, a German immigrant, has found his American dream in Pittsburgh, with a well-paying job as a brakeman, and a secure pension. But on Andrew's first week, an incident goes tragically wrong, leaving him severely injured, his dreams shattered. Wracked with guilt, Wilhelm finally agrees to his wife's pleas to leave Pittsburgh's smog behind. With Andrew in tow, they swap their three-story row house for a rough-and-tumble farm.Life in rural Pennsylvania is not as idyllic as Eveline imagined. The soil is slow to yield and their farmhouse is in disrepair. But there is one piece of beauty in this rugged land. Lily Morton is quick-witted and tough on the outside, but bears her own secret scars inside. Andrew's bond with her will help steer them through all the challenges to come, even as anti-German sentiment spreads across America with the outbreak of World War I. Beneath the Apple Leaves is a vivid, deeply moving portrait of family-its hardships, triumphs, and passions-and a powerfully authentic evocation of life on the land and the hearts that sustain it. Praise for Daughter of Australia "A stunning debut novel that evokes the epic scope of Colleen McCullough's classic The Thorn Birds, Harmony Verna creates a poignant, beautifully told story of love and courage." - Library Journal
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Verna's (Daughter of Arcadia) compelling novel, the once-well-to-do Kiser family tempts fate by relocating to a ramshackle farm in the rural town of Plum, Pa., as World War I commences. After the deaths of his parents, aspiring veterinarian Andrew Houghton moves in with his pregnant aunt, Eveline Kiser, and her husband, Wilhelm, a brakeman who helps Andrew get work on the railroad. Andrew loses his arm on the job, derailing his plans for life; Wilhelm, blaming himself, hastily decides to move his brood out of Pittsburgh to get away from the railroad and to fulfill his wife's longtime wish for country living. Misfortune quickly befalls the family-they encounter anti-German sentiment, lose family members, and attempt to farm fallow soil, and financial headaches ensure that Andrew is always in danger of ending up in the coal mines his father made him promise to avoid-but miscommunication is the problem at the heart of this novel, a trope that Verna mines very well. To his detriment, prideful Wilhelm keeps his money woes and problems to himself, forcing a wedge between himself and Eveline. Andrew falls for local misfit with a dark backstory Lily Morton, and their romance is often derailed by misunderstandings and false impressions, some of them frustratingly silly. The plot strays dangerously close to melodrama in its climax and resolution, but Verna's skill as a storyteller makes this book a solid and worthwhile read. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Immigrant families -- Fiction.
Immigrants -- Fiction.
German Americans -- Fiction.
Farm life -- Fiction.
Pennsylvania -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York, New York :2017
Language English
Notes Includes reading group guide.
Description 344 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 161773943X
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