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February2000
The Dollmaker
by Harriette Arnow
From the paperback cover:

Strong-willed, self-reliant Gertie Nevels’s peaceful life in the Kentucky hills was devastated by the brutal winds of change. Uprooted from their backwoods home, she and her family were thrust into the confusion and chaos of wartime Detroit. And in a pitiless world of unendurable poverty, Gertie would battle fiercely and relentlessly to protect those things she held most precious—her children, her heritage ... and her triumphant ability to create beauty in the suffocating shadow of ugliness and despair.


“Our most unpretentious American masterpiece ... A brutal, beautiful novel.”

—from the afterword by Joyce Carol Oates

“A masterwork ... a superb book of unforgettable strength and glowing richness.”

—The New York Times Book Review

“The depth and power and stature of this enormous book are rare indeed in modern fiction.”

—The New York Times

The Dollmaker has vividness and terrific reality. It is a book to make one think ... a story of the strength of the human heart against the bitterest odds ... deeply sincere and moving.”

—Chicago Tribune

“Highly Recommended”

—Library Journal

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