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The Rising Place    by David McCall Armstrong order for
Rising Place
by David McCall Armstrong
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Wild Rose Press, 2020 (2020)
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* * *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

Even though this is a very short novel (198 pages), its impact lingers. Set in Hamilton, Mississippi, in the 1940s, it consists mostly of letters written by Emily, a young woman deeply in love with her Harry.

The problem is he's not there, and she's pregnant. As we find out the reason he left, and live with the ostracism Emily has to endure, we get to know a great deal about what this town really thinks, especially about the blacks who live on the other side of town.

Emily's letters come to light after her death, and they explain her reclusive life and the final farewell she gets from her friends. This is a very vivid portrayal of small-town loves and grudges and betrayals; friendship despite social obstacles; and the pain of unrequited love.

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