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The Marrowbone Marble Company (Paperback)
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The Marrowbone Marble Company (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 02/02/2012
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A powerful novel of love and war, righteousness and redemption, and the triumph of the human spirit.

From the author of the critically-acclaimed The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart comes this sweeping novel of love and war, power and oppression, faith and deception, over the course of three defining American decades.

At the end of the Pacific War, where he has witnessed terrible things, Loyal Ledford is a lost man, disconnected from the present yet divorced from his dissolute, violent past. His life is set on a new course when he meets his cousins, Dimple and Wimpy, the Bonecutter brothers. Their land, mysterious, elemental Marrowbone Cut, calls to him and it is there, with help from an unlikely bunch, that the Marrowbone Marble Company is slowly forged. Over the next two decades, the factory grounds become a vanguard of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, a home for those intent on change. Inevitably, such a home invites trouble, and Ledford must fight for his family.

Told in clear and powerful prose in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy and John Irving, The Marrowbone Marble Company recounts the transformative journey of a man and his community, taking a harrowing look at the issues of race and class throughout the tumultuous 1950s and '60s.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007359080
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

""Taylor really is in that long American tradition that starts with Mark Twain and finds its character, meaning and moral force in the extraordinariness of ordinary people." TIME OUT

"a mesmerizing storyteller...Taylor has created a remarkably complex, soulful, and provocative historical novel righteous in its perspective on America's struggle to live up to its core beliefs." BOOKLIST

"He writes with the elemental force of a latterday John Steinbeck." CANBERRA TIMES

"This novel confirms the view that he is a major and original talent." SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"Splendidly Norman Rockwell-ish...It's like watching an idealistic old movie made in pre-McCarthy Hollywood." THE TIMES

"Marrowbone throbs with muscular Hemingway sentences, consciously biblical cadences, a plethora of imagery where almost every mundane event holds a major and marvellous message." WEEKEND HERALD

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“Not my normal choice of book”

I was sent this book by the publisher as a prize and asked to review it. It was not the type of story I would normally read, politics, civil rights and religion being the main topics throughout the story. It was an... More

Paperback edition
12th April 2012
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“A Wonderful Experience”

This is a story of dreams, hopes and everyday life set against the backdrop of true historical events. This is no history book, it is much more. It is the account of Loyal Ledford, his family and friends battle... More

Paperback edition
22nd December 2010
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“Marrowbone Marble Company - A great read”

A thoroughly interesting piece of fiction set in West Virginia during an important part of American history. The intricacies of rural life and how it is affected by the bigger scene outside the small town is woven... More

Paperback edition
27th July 2015
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