The Yellowwood Tree
The Yellowwood Tree follows the journey of a 12-year-old orphan, Emma Taylor, in some harsh times. Set in post-war 1918, the novel highlights the injustices against orphans after the war was over, and corruption within the KKK.
The novel opens with Anna Taylor’s demise, after which her daughter, Emma, becomes the sole caretaker of Yellowwood Farm while her father serves in the cavalry in France. Emma takes on additional responsibility by caring for the orphaned twin grandsons of Ike Pearson, a neighbor and Emma’s sympathizer. He then suggests that Emma get hired help in the form of Joe Hansen, a 14-year-old boy. Together, Emma and her younger brother, Tommy, the twins Clyde and Claude, Ike, and Joe continue to take care of the farm, while carefully guarding the farm’s secret as a safe haven for orphans. With the KKK now extorting land from orphans, a chance encounter with the sheriff and local KKK member, Cecil Hammond, puts her in his line of fire. The story unfolds as Emma guards the people she loves from external adversities while taking three more people under her wing.
The author recreates rural scenery with excellent narratives describing the countryside, simultaneously giving life to the Emma as the central character. Female protagonists, who are tried and tested by circumstances till they shine like diamonds in the end, are much needed in novels today. This novel is recommended if one would like to read a classic once in a while.
|Page Count||320 pages|
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