1944 1st year edition; "A Wartime Book..."; The Macmillan Company publishers, New York; hardbound in green boards with brown outlines on spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; no dust jacket.
Here is a novel of reality and enchantment; a tale of upstate New York in the days of land grants, of frontier hardship and robust love-making. Old flan Post, who couldn't tolerate home, family life, or farmin', turned his back on all three when fate burned down his house and killed his wife. This left Eldest, Dan'l, and Young'un to carry on the farm as Dan'l thought Pa would want it to be. And Young'un bears on her young shoulders a full share of the responsibility for Dan'l's stubborn dream. Backed by the neighborly generosity of Gunsmith she helps Dan'l fight the ornery Sim Higgins when he covets the beloved oxen. But as well as hard work, there is full-blooded rejoicing when the new log house is rolled up.
There is lusty humor in the spitting contest in which Young'un ties with Preacher; and there is the stark bitter tale of a winter's cold. Here is life with rich truthfulness of background, of atmosphere and incident. Young'un especially is no storybook prodigy. Young'un swimming in the mountain pool and stretching out to dry; Young'un so swaggering-proud of her boyish prowess, uncertain of her desire to grow to womanhood, yet lured by a rose-strewn gown. Young ' un realizing that Dan'l's worship of Pa is ridiculous, furious at her menfolk and loyal to both; and through her love for Hank finding a way to make both of them happy. This is, in sum. a full and happy tale: escape reading as it ought to be.