The Dollmaker

Harriette Simps Arnow

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Vintage Publishing
2 March 2017
ISBN: 9781784871871
Paperback

From the publisher

'A terrifying lesson in US history - and a haunting tragedy' Guardian

Gertie is the young mother of five children - uneducated, determined, strong. Her only ambition is to own her own small farm in the Kentucky hills where she lives, to become self-sufficient and free.

Whenever the struggle to live off the land eases, her inarticulate imagination takes its freedom and flies. Because Gertie is also an artist, a sculptor of wood and creator of beautiful handmade dolls.

When the family is forced to move to industrial Detroit, with its pre-fab houses, appliances bought on credit and neighbours on every side, life turns into an incomprehensible, lonely nightmare. Gertie realises she must adapt to a life where land, family and creativity are replaced by just one thing: the constant need for money.

'A masterwork... A superb book of unforgettable strength and glowing richness' New York Times

WITH AN AFTERWORD BY JOYCE CAROL OATES