And frankly- the characters are not nice people so I did not enjoy reading about them. I was very interested when I got past the first few chapters. Pick up this book if you want to know more about this small, yet memorable, piece of American history. In telling the story of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, she uses the voice of Fanny McCoy, the youngest of the McCoy children, whose entire childhood was taken up by and destroyed by the feud. It is told by Fanny McCoy who understand the futility of the feud an its terrible impact on everyone. I also like her because she gives good advice to her brothers and sisters. Needless to say, this made it very difficult to believe her authority on the subject.
I didn't feel as though the author gave enough emotional development to the story - and emotion should have been present, as this is essentially a story about murder, justice, and love in an area that was far removed from the rest of America a plot not too distant from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - but I doubt the author made this connection. I still don't know how to spell check on these reviews. I think the most striking thing about the book is how it seems so senseless that their was so much fighting and violence. I used 40 wt Aurifil thread in my favorite gray 2600. The feud was along West Virginia-Kentucky line. We read it in English class my 9th grade year and I reread it in my 12th grade year. The McCoy family from The Coffin Quilt is huge and according to the author's note, she didn't even include all the kids! It sort of took forever.
I will give her credit for packing the book with tons of information about the feud, but there was so much information that this read like a history book. Young Fanny McCoy grows up knowing nothing but violence and hatred as the youngest daughter of the McCoy family. The author relies on cliches and stereotypes for her characters. About the book: The Coffin Quilt is a book that will not leave you disappointed. And I can say this, because I loved her best of all.
Publication date October 1999 Pages 228 pgs. Say you'll study on it. An unfinished coffin quilt, a fabric record of Hatfield family births and deaths, and her unborn baby are her only legacy of her stay. From that day forward, along the ragged ridges of the West Virginia-Kentucky line, the Hatfields and the McCoys have operated not withing the law but within mountain codes of their own making. Powerful account of how family bonding and vigilante justice can result in a war just as deadly as one between two countries, instead of two famiies.
Some turn to religion, some to folklore, some revert inside themselves. For every death in the family they would stitch a coffin into the quilt. Even though the novel isn't long, it takes place over about 10 years. Through the fighting between the Hatfields and Mcoys to the fighting in thier own families, this was a trecherous time. Roseanna, also tells Fanny she is going to have a baby.
For the book, my interest was low. When they die, the coffin is moved into the graveyard in the center. This is another enjoyable book by Ann Rinaldi. In April Roseanna has a baby named Sarah Elizabeth. When Fanny's sister Roseanna runs off with Johnse Hatfield, the hatred between the two families explodes. Their relationship fans the flames of an already deadly dispute and Fanny gets caught in the middle.
Set in Kentucky and West Virginia, it tells the story of the in the late 19th century through the eyes of Fanny, a young female member of the McCoy family. It's a super book for middle grades and up. She was a really nice girl and always tried to help everyone, but her sister, Alifair, on the other hand, was a very rude and obnoxious girl. I learned a lot about this particular even in history, about which I knew pretty much nothing before. A lot of things happened in the family. Roseanna winds up pregnant, and she goes to live with an aunt.
Quick read and very enjoyable in the reading sense, story is not. Anyhow, the book is from the perspective of the youngest McCoy daughter. I really like her style of historical fiction writing. I did feel offended at times and I'm not a person who feels that way often. Between December and January Ro's baby dies of pneumonia from the measles.
And she almost always has strong female protagonists. I made nine blocks and turned them into a pillow for our living room chair! Look, I didn't hate the story, or even dislike it. She is best known for her historical fiction, including In My Father's House, The Last Silk Dress, An Acquaintance with Darkness, A Break with Charity, and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons. It was hard to be hopeful for anyone in the story, though, including Fanny, since it seemed like people just kept dying every other chapter. I reckon I cain't stand this kind of characterization.