Lum Lum has always been on the outside At eight she was diagnosed with what we now call an intersex condition and is told she can t expect to marry Now at thirty three she has no home of her own but is

  • Title: Lum
  • Author: Libby Ware
  • ISBN: 9781631520037
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lum has always been on the outside At eight, she was diagnosed with what we now call an intersex condition and is told she can t expect to marry Now, at thirty three, she has no home of her own but is shuttled from one relative s house to another valued for her skills, but never treated like a true member of the family Everything is turned upside down, however, when theLum has always been on the outside At eight, she was diagnosed with what we now call an intersex condition and is told she can t expect to marry Now, at thirty three, she has no home of her own but is shuttled from one relative s house to another valued for her skills, but never treated like a true member of the family Everything is turned upside down, however, when the Blue Ridge Parkway is slated to come through her family s farmland As people take sides in the fight, the community begins to tear apart culminating in an act of violence and subsequent betrayal by opponents of the new road However, the Parkway brings opportunities as well as loss.

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    1. The story takes place mainly in 1933, in an area of the Appalachians which is beginning to experience changes wrought by the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lum (short for Columbia) is the main character. She presents as a woman in her 30s who is shuttled back and forth among the families of her siblings because she is 'different' (intersex, in fact) and not expected ever to marry. What sounds like a set-up for tragedy is instead a moving account of Lum's entry into selfhood. Lum is a wo [...]

    2. Fantastic book! Libby Ware did an excellent job setting up the time period and creating a glimpse of life in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains area. The character of Lum was incredibly interesting, and the storyline moved forward at a balanced pace. This one's staying on my shelf so I can re-read it again and again.

    3. Lum is a very thoughtful and provocative book about an unmarried woman dealing issues that are still relevant today. However, back in the 1930s, those “issues” will ostracize you from friends, family and your community. Further, Lum tells the story of a woman completely dependent who longs for a worthy and independent life. Plus, she is dealing with who she is.The main emotion of this book is frustration. It seems character is feeling frustrated with their lot in life which is very appropria [...]

    4. This well-written novel tells the story of Lum (short for Columbia), an intersex woman born into a farm family in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the early part of the 20th century. A lot of research must’ve gone into this book, with its details about daily farm life, and yet it all feels very natural. The dialogue flows effortlessly, the unique syntax presented clearly and comfortably. Most of the novel occurs in the 30s, at the time that the Blue Ridge Parkway is being built. This project has a [...]

    5. In "Lum" Libby Ware has woven a heartfelt tale to remind us that we are all different, but some are more different than others. Columbia (Lum), growing up during the depression in The Blue Ridge Mountains, is told at an early age she will never marry because she is born of both sexes. Holding the positive qualities of both she is shuttled back and forth between her family members and is a fascinating, courageous and lovable character that I will always remember. The beautiful Appalachian descrip [...]

    6. Very engaging. The characters are excellent and the plot moves along wonderfully. Lum draws you in and you feel every bit of tension, frustration and exhilaration with her. Full disclosure, I'm friends with the author, here on GoodReads and also in person! Hi Libby! I remember us chatting about Moby Dick over a holiday meal once thanks for referencing my two favorite chapters!

    7. I very much liked the main character, and was familiar with the times in which she lived. Now, I want to know Lum as an older woman. I want to know more about her life. I felt perhaps a little rushed, and then was left unfinished. There is so much more to this character than we're given, and I would love to see a sequel.

    8. Lum, (Columbia), is intersex and finds her way in this West Virginia community, with a family that uses her and dumps work on her. She was different, but finds strength and becomes the one rational person with strength. Especially as she allows herself to dress as a man.

    9. Actually almost a 4. Nicely written story of a young intersex woman in the Virginia Blue Ridge. The story alternates between Lum's childhood (starting in 1908) and her adulthood (1933) as she is shuttled between siblings and searching for her place in the world.

    10. Covering the period from the early 1900's to post-Depression, many of the themes in the novel still resonate today. Lum, or Columbia, is an unmarried woman who is reduced to being the 'skivvy' for the family. Having no place to call her home, she shuttles between two family groups, depending upon the season and to what use she can be put. Added to this is the issue of being an intersex person and the difficulties she has with being 'different'. The background to the novel is the drive to create [...]

    11. Chapters are clearly marked as to the time the narrative takes place. We encounter Lum as an adult, as a child, follow her family though their assorted relationships, conflicts, suspicions and learn about their values and losses. Lum has both obligations and dreams, and her thoughts and affections introduce the social and racial prejudices in her Appalachian community. Despite its isolation, the area is home to people who are stratified and whose lives and appearances are described. Lum is disco [...]

    12. Appalachian novel about an intersex child, Columbia, called Lum by her family. Treated as an outsider, even by her family who use her as a servant for the most part. Lum finds her own way when the events surrounding the development of the Blueridge Scenic Highway is begun and affects her community.Well written and with great character development. I wanted more of Lum's fascination with and stories about the pictures from the "freak" shows of the time. I did find the ending a little to abrupt.

    13. Libby Ware’s masterful evocation of life in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the early years of the last century is exceeded only by the depth and poignancy with which she reveals the main character of this wonderful debut novel. Lum is different- and talented and wise, though mostly unappreciated by her controlling family. Fortunately for Lum, her life is redeemed in unexpected ways. Fortunately for the reader, Libby Ware has written a very fine novel.

    14. This book is a wonderful read, which gives an unusual and worthwhile slant on the lives of single women in a time and place we often don't read about in mainstream literature. Beautifully written and full of the language and imagery of the low-income southern mountains, Ware evokes her setting and the heartbreaking predicament of the "extra woman" with compassion and respect. No wonder it won a major award. Read it now.

    15. Probably a good portrayal of rural West Virginia life in the 1930's. Not much excitement, kind of boring. Lum has a secret that has kept her from marriage, so she moves regularly from one brother's home to another to help with household chores and the children. While she's grateful that her family needs her and takes her in, she really wishes for her own life. By accident she befriends an old, retired banker and they form an interesting relationship. He becomes Lum's ticket out of her reliance o [...]

    16. I really enjoyed reading this book: I thought the writing was fantastic and I was able to bond with the main character Lum on an emotional level and really care where her story went, so I was quite disappointed at how abruptly it ended. Like bizarrely abruptly. Most of the plot lines are wrapped up in the space of a few paragraphs. Still worth the read, but WTH? I would have gladly stuck around for another 200 pages. Had the ending been fully realized I could see the book becoming a new favourit [...]

    17. I wanted to like this book: good premise, interesting protagonist. But the writing was just too clunky, too much dialogue, little character depth. I gave up when a minor character was mentioned several chapters later with no clues as to who he was. When I flipped back to check, I found his name was spelled differently (Samson vs Sampson).

    18. I completely loved this book. The author's writing style is rich in depth and comfortable to read. A good, heart-warming Southern story about a journey of self-acceptance mirrored in the progress and changes in small-town life brought about by the Blue Ridge Parkway

    19. Beautifully written story of the Blue Ridge Parkway development and disruption of the life of the mountain people who lived in its path. Also a woman without a place who finds herself and a place with the help of an unexpected friend.

    20. I gave this two stars because, while I don't feel angry that my time was wasted reading this book, it just didn't have anything that provoked enough emotion to make me want to refer it to anyone.

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