First Published In , Better A Dinner Of Herbs Is A Compellingly Dramatic Tale Of Twisted, Often Violent Human Relationships Taking Its Title From A Biblical Passage Dealing With The Power Of Love And Hate Within A Household, The Novel Counterbalances Its Grim Narrative With A Poetic Prose That Evokes A Reverence For The Rhythm Of The Seasons And The Continuity Of LifeByron Herbert Reece Situates The Story In The Isolated Hills Of The Agrarian South Where He Spent Most Of His Life, But It Could Have Occurred In Any Rural Setting At Any Time An Unmarried Girl Dies In Childbirth Her Brother, Swearing Revenge On The Father Of The Child, Sells The Family Farm And Turns Toward The Open World With His Nephew In Search Of A Wife And A Different Livelihood, He Chances To Encounter His Enemy An Intentional Act Of Brutality Symbolizes An End To His Passion And Summons Him Again Away From All That He CherishesBorn At The Foot Of Blood Mountain In North Georgia And Reared In The Isolated Mountain Area Near Blairsville, Byron Herbert Reece Was The Author Of Four Volumes Of Poetry And Two Novels That Are Tied Deeply To The Spirit And Traditions Of Appalachia Journalist Bill Shipp Has Called Reece Perhaps The Greatest Balladeer Of The Appalachians His First Volume Of Poems Was Published In To Wide Critical Acclaim, And The Publication Of His Remaining Work Brought Him Recognition Far Beyond North Georgia
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- 224 pages
- Better a Dinner of Herbs: A Novel
- Byron Herbert Reece
- 23 February 2017 Byron Herbert Reece