A gripping portrait of life in the hard-bitten wilderness of Revolutionary Kentucky, Harriette Simpson Arnow’s The Kentucky Trace follows surveyor William David Leslie Collins as he struggles to survive. Collins finds his fellow settlers to be almost as inscrutable as the weather—at times, they are allies, and at others, they are adversaries. Collins battles nature, bad luck, and the quickly shifting political tides to make his way in a changing world. Showcasing Arnow’s ear for dialogue and offering a wealth of historical detail, The Kentucky Trace is a masterful work of fiction by a preeminent Appalachian writer.
The Kentucky Trace
A Novel of the American Revolution
Publication Date: July 1st, 2012
284 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Harriette Simpson Arnow (1908–1986) was born in Kentucky and later moved to Detroit. Arnow is among the foremost chroniclers of Appalachian life and the great postwar migration north.