Picks and Pans Review: This Rock
One brother is a bootlegger. The other wants to be preacher. And their widowed mama is just tryin' to make ends meet in the mountains of North Carolina during the 1920s.
Muir Powell, the future man of the cloth, is a sensitive soul who tries, and fails, at trapping both muskrats and a bride. His congenitally bitter brother Moody is there to laugh at every stumble—or, if necessary, to sabotage things. Their feud, and the story, trudges along until Muir, drunk and depressed, has a vision: Build a church.
Morgan, bestselling author of the Oprah fave Gap Creek, writes about rural life in great detail. At last, all of your questions about how to turn sorghum into molasses will be answered. (Algonquin, $24.95)
Bottom Line: Soft Rock