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Alther provides in depth character studies of the main players and dispels any misconception that this was a Romeo and Juliet story. Jul 08, Claudia rated it really liked it.

Here is a fascinating new look at the infamous story of the Hatfields and the McCoys. Unfortunately, the beginning of the book is much better than the remainder. Many of the Hatfields were loyal to the confederacy. It’s a well written take on what is, for many people, a very different world, even if pisa is in the same country. The author sorts this out in a way that provides some clarity; however it does not raise the storytelling to the level of history.

Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance

I feel as though giving this book one star is generous. Lisa Alther is an excellent storyteller.

I was born in West Virginia from a family which still proudly calls themselves hillbillies and lives far in the backwoods, and I can tell you that my family are deeply ethical people, eager to get the best education available to them, and the stereotype promulgated by the press over a hundred years ago is deeply offensive to me.

I downloaded the sample of this book and was hooked. Known thereafter as ignorant hillbillies arguably accurate in many casesthe stereotype stayed with the mountain people from the post civil war years up until You will need a genealogical chart to follow the events in this book. Hearsay is not evidence. The book is easy to read and very informative.


I was actually glad when the accounting of the feud was over, just because I knew I didn’t have to strain my brain anymore. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He looks crazed, but possibly because his ears stick out like handles on an urn.

The Hatfields and the McCoys: But Southern grudges run long and deep. For officials lia related and non-related, the temptation of bribery, gifts of moonshine, and guarantee of the delivery of votes within the family ensured that justice was not served and people who were not in the feud lived in terror while feudists had free reign to air their grievances with violence.

The epic story is just that although it takes less than half the book to tell it. Trivia About Blood Feud: Lisa Alther was born and raised in the Appalachian town of Kingsport, Tennessee just 75 miles, as the crow flies, from the Tug Fork Valley, where the feud took place.

I had heard the caricaturized and stereotyped, cartoon-like version of the feud.

I am re-examining the competitive spirit of the volleyball games and Rook games once played on Blackberry Creek with my Hatfield kin. Granted, putting together a “history” based on so much conflicting oral stories had to be difficult and it appears that Ms.

Notably, the subtitle for the book includes the words “Epic Story” as a sign of what the reader should expect.

Blood Feud by Lisa Alther

Sep 11, Reza Amiri Praramadhan rated pisa it was aother Shelves: In short, the author is a straight shooter, doing her best to tell it like it is. Jun 29, Carol Coston rated it liked it. However, it is not your typical historical book composed of facts and dates. I was so interested in this saga of Americana but I am overwhelmed by so many family members and the writing does not give the impact of an epic story. Its legend continues to have an enormous impact on the popular imagination and the region.


About Alther, Lisa Lisa Alther was born in the Appalachian town of Kingsport, Tennessee, and is the author of six bestselling novels, althee have appeared in fifteen languages and sold over 6 million copies worldwide. While I bolod the back stories of Abner Vance and the border wars during the War Between the States and England and Scotland, as well as the presentation altjer the borderland folkways, I felt as if the author’s true purpose was in her attempt to lay her fear of the Cumberlands with her ancestry.

Of course, if you are a Hatfield or a McCoy, this should be required reading. I had no idea what he was talking about, I’m sure, but enough of his playground description stuck with me that I’ve always been vaguely curious about the subject.

Exacting vigilante vengeance, a group of Hatfields tied them up and shot them dead. Having I wanted to give this book four stars, but I llisa some of the information added at the end was superfluous.

I did not find any of these chapters to be remotely enlightening and actually find some of it to be offensive.

Sep 13, Barbara Hoke rated it it was ok. Like most people I had a limited awareness of the story of the Hatfields and the McCoys before reading this book. Jun 03, Wesley Roth rated it liked it.