The Hard Blue Sky by Shirley Ann Grau

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The Hard Blue Sky

'“[Grau] writes of the South with intimate authority and dazzling self-assurance. Her eye for the details of several different ways of life is photographic, her ear for dialect and local rhythms of speech phonographic. Her ability to soak up the emotional atmosphere of an isolated community and to capture it in words is exceptional.” —The New York Times   “[Grau’s] fine gift for description and her honest eye for her islanders—for their pride, self-reliance and courage, as well as their touches of sloth, prurience, and plain human cussedness—give them and their island the right to life. Paramountly, Miss Grau’s portrait of Annie, as it develops throughout the book, is a frank and compassionate study of adolescence in itself.” —The New York Times Book Review   “A large and delicately colored panorama of summertime on a hot and lonely island off the coast of Louisiana.” —The New Yorker   “Grau recreates in all its dimensions the singular life of an inbred, almost isolated little world.” —The Atlantic  Praise for Shirley Ann Grau “In her low-key but forceful way, Grau writes about themes that transcend time and place.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post   “Shirley Ann Grau’s quill is filled with gold.” —The New York Times   “One of the novel’s finest practitioners.” —Library Journal'
'“[Grau] writes of the South with intimate authority and dazzling self-assurance. Her eye for the details of several different ways of life is photographic, her ear for dialect and local rhythms of speech phonographic. Her ability to soak up the emotional atmosphere of an isolated community and to capture it in words is exceptional.” —The New York Times   “[Grau’s] fine gift for description and her honest eye for her islanders—for their pride, self-reliance and courage, as well as their touches of sloth, prurience, and plain human cussedness—give them and their island the right to life. Paramountly, Miss Grau’s portrait of Annie, as it develops throughout the book, is a frank and compassionate study of adolescence in itself.” —The New York Times Book Review   “A large and delicately colored panorama of summertime on a hot and lonely island off the coast of Louisiana.” —The New Yorker   “Grau recreates in all its dimensions the singular life of an inbred, almost isolated little world.” —The Atlantic  Praise for Shirley Ann Grau “In her low-key but forceful way, Grau writes about themes that transcend time and place.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post   “Shirley Ann Grau’s quill is filled with gold.” —The New York Times   “One of the novel’s finest practitioners.” —Library Journal'
Publisher: Open Road Media ISBN: 9781453247242 Pages: 468