by Jim Wayne Miller
From the revised first paperback edition (Gnomon Press, 1996):
Readers of every age will delight in its wonderful characters and graceful, exact writingNewfound is an arrow aimed straight for your heart.
In a beautiful plainspoken novel of an Appalachian boys coming-of-age, Kentucky poet Miller tells of a family drama rooted in daily work, the turn of the seasons, and the stories people share.
Appalachian poet and scholar Jim Wayne Miller, one of the most brilliant and best-loved writers in the mountain region, belongs to that rare and blessed literary species: the writer who is admired by the average reader as well as by the academic community.... All the characters who came to life in Millers early work are present in more substantial form in his fiction: the bee woman, the grandfather who taught him farming, Aunt Vi with her love letters, and the mountain family who lives forever in Millers work.
Unlike so many novels about Appalachia which rely on dialect and inclusion of folk stereotypes, Newfound is a collection of careful and gentle portraits of people and events drawn against the beauties of the Appalachian countryside.
School Library Journal
A sequel to Newfound, the novel His First, Best Country, is also available from Gnomon Press.