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Crossing the River
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Make no mistake: Martha Bragg Picket is a headstrong southern woman with a rebellious spirit, a characteristic her son Michael shares. Yet to see her after almost twenty years of marriage, it might no longer seem clear. A Yankee contractor's arrival in town catalyzes her dissatisfaction, leading her to turn her life upside down -- unaware that her son will follow suit. Both heartfelt and shrewdly humorous, this widely acclaimed first novel from author Fenton Johnson is an affecting look at one woman's reawakening and her son's coming of age in the heartland of America.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Blurbs, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Prologue 1944
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. She with Her Eyebrows Arched
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Part One: Done with Smoke and Mirrors. 1967
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. 1 Genealogy
  2. pp. 17-29
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  1. 2 Picnic
  2. pp. 30-46
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  1. 3 Something Changed
  2. pp. 47-69
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  1. 4 Fool for Love
  2. pp. 70-82
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  1. 5 In Between
  2. pp. 83-97
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  1. 6 Smoke and Mirrors
  2. pp. 98-111
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  1. 7 Promises, Promises
  2. pp. 112-118
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  1. 8 Free at Last . . .
  2. pp. 119-128
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  1. Part Two: Crossing the River. 1968
  2. pp. 129-130
  1. 9 At the Slate Bed
  2. pp. 131-143
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  1. 10 City Lights
  2. pp. 144-152
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  1. 11 Sweet Dreams
  2. pp. 153-166
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  1. 12 Hunting Snipe
  2. pp. 167-175
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  1. 13 Blood Talk
  2. pp. 176-180
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  1. 14 Answered Prayers
  2. pp. 181-198
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  1. 15 Crossing the River
  2. pp. 199-210
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. Other Works in the Series
  2. pp. 215-218
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