"After Finishing Sugaree Rising, I Still Found Myself Living In Yelesaw"
"Sugaree Rising is a moving, profound and powerful novel. When I got to the end I felt that I had learned that there are forces in this world that are bigger and deeper than white men's greed, a timely message. Early on it seemed to be a novel about victimization, like all the other stories of eminent domain evictions and land thievery. But by the end, although that was still one of the novel's themes, the book's core somehow became something bigger. I feel the aliveness of older, deeper traditions and connections, and that knowledge somehow gave me hope.
"There were so many things I admired in this book: I loved the characters, especially Allen-Taylor's strong, feisty women. Kudos! I loved the various kinds of conflict he developed, some familiar, others new to me. I also loved the mystical/spirit levels of the book, the humor, the explorations of extended family dynamics.
"After finishing Sugaree Rising, I found myself still living in Yelesaw, finding a vitality there, where every bird and blade of grass was animated. As all is everywhere, if we stop and pay attention."
Bay Area Novelist Elizabeth Claman
Author of Identity Blues and The Prodigal Wife