In this coming-of-age novel, we see young Robert Wells world gradually widening as he grows from boy to young man and begins to experience life outside his small farming community. The story is recognizably author Jim Wayne Millers own. Born in the hills of western North Carolina, he, too, discovered a passion for learning and went off to Kentuckys Berea College to pursue it. Miller went on to a doctorate at Vanderbilt and a distinguished 33-year teaching career at Western Kentucky University. He became an erudite scholar of German literature, a world traveler, and an honored poet. But he always remained firmly grounded in Appalachia and was a friend, mentor, and inspiration to generations of the regions writers. As a scholar, Miller wrote essays and other works examining Appalachia from the perspective of a social historian, documenting its culture and taking a clear-eyed look at its challenges. Newfound and its sequel, His First, Best Country, his only novels, were both written in his 50s and approach the same subjects from a more personal point of view, paying tribute to the place and the family and neighbors who shaped the authors own experience of the world.
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Publisher: Gnomon Press, P.O. Box 475, Frankfort, KY 40602-0475
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