I fell in love with this book in the first few pages. I picked up Hill Women as an ARC because it claimed to tell the tale of Appalachian women. I was not disappointed. Cassie Chambers writes of coming home to Owsley County in West Virginia after working as a rural lawyer. She recounts her childhood from her own perspective, writing of the resilience of her family and community.
Although Chambers skips back and forth through time as she recounts her childhood, her experiences of her family, and her own decisions to pursue an education, Chambers’ story is always moving forward. And while she shares her experience of moving out of poverty, she never(at least in her current writing) looks down on her roots or where she came from. Rather, she is careful to show the respect her history, the history of rural Appalachia, is due.
This book made me miss living in North Carolina, even though I know my life in Swannanoa was far removed from Chambers’ stories from rural Kentucky. There’s something about the culture and the beauty of the landscape that pulls on certain heartstrings for those of us who have lived in rural Appalachia.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.