Published: September 2000
I finished reading this classic about a couple minutes ago, and I have to be honest. I really liked it. This book deserves its place on the recommended reading lists. It's short so it should appeal to the casual reader. In fact, you can finish it in a couple hours. The edition I have is a mere 118 pages long, but each page is jam packed with emotional dialogue between characters, and vivid imagery that gives off the feel of that "backwoods America". It never gets boring (at least for me). However, this story does not have a happy ending. If books could make somebody cry, roll around the ground in agony, and feel depressed for a small amount of time afterward, this would be one of them.