She was a really nice girl and always tried to help everyone, but her sister, Alifair, on the other hand, was a very rude and obnoxious girl. I really like her style of historical fiction writing. The Coffin Quilt was an interesting take on the Hatfield and McCoy feud told from the perspective of Fanny, the youngest of the 14 McCoy children. I had no idea what I was talking about, until I read this book. When I first picked it up to read a couple of years ago, I was overwhelmed by the all the names of the McCoy children, but I just let them by this time and after a bit I knew who was who.
Fanny McCoy has lived in fear and anger ever since that day in 1878 when a dispute with the Hatfields over the ownership of a few pigs set her family on a path of hatred and revenge. The few times she did attempt a dialect, it was one that could've came from anywhere. Her use of this false Appalachian dialect was also inconsistent. Fanny has a sister that falls in love with a McCoy. When they die, the coffin is moved into the graveyard in the center. I didn't feel as though the author gave enough emotional development to the story - and emotion should have been present, as this is essentially a story about murder, justice, and love in an area that was far removed from the rest of America a plot not too distant from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - but I doubt the author made this connection. When a person is born or married into the family, a coffin with his or her name on it is appliqued on the outer border.
I thought the Coffin Quilt by Anne Rinaldi was a very impressive and informative book. We read it in English class my 9th grade year and I reread it in my 12th grade year. Others saw the coffin quilt as a harbinger of doom. When Fanny's sister Roseanna runs off with Johnse Hatfield, the hatred between the two families explodes. All rights reserved Review by School Library Journal Review Gr 6-9-Based on the legendary feud between the West Virginia Hatfields and the Kentucky McCoys and narrated by the youngest McCoy, Fanny, this story recounts the escalating bitter feelings and violence between the families. It sort of took forever.
I rate this book a high 4. Her first published novel, Term Paper, was written in 1979. I still don't know how to spell check on these reviews. The romance between Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy and the illegitimate daughter that was born brought the family feud to a head. I read it in my spare time in two days pretty much in two sittings. When she was born in 1873, tensions were already high, and renewed over a theft when Fanny was five. Needless to say, this made it very difficult to believe her authority on the subject.
In this novel many people die in many mysterious ways like sickness, getting shot or hanging. It's a vexation to me. For the book, my interest was low. Choosing between family and what is right is one of the major decisions Fanny McCoy has to make. Rinaldi currently lives in Somerville, New Jersey, with her husband, Ron, whom she married in 1960. So after, she is impregnated by Johnse.
It is told by Fanny McCoy who understand the futility of the feud an its terrible impact on everyone. In 1969, she wrote a weekly column in the Somerset Messenger Gazette and in 1970 she wrote two columns a week for the Trentonian, which eventually led to her writing features and soft new stories. Graveyard Quilt by Elizabeth Mitchell, 1843. More responsibilities and mature thoughts then should need be. The feud was along West Virginia-Kentucky line. In 1882, when Fanny's sister Roseanna runs off with young Johnse Hatfield, the hatred between the two clans explodes.
She also writes for the Dear America series. The narrator is the youngest daughter in a McCoy family and she adds a little bit of hope. Feuds among the mountain folks of West Virginia and Kentucky, particularly the bloody skirmishes between the Hatfield and McCoy families, are often celebrated in American legend and folksongs. In September, Pharmer, Tolbert, and Bud McCoy are shot and killed by Devil Anse Hatfield because he believed they killed his brother Ellison. The author relies on cliches and stereotypes for her characters. I think I've figured out that I would rather read factual accounts vs fiction when it comes to unpleasant accounts because I do not get enjoyment out of reading the fiction and I just keep wondering what is real and what is the author's ideas. In telling the story of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, she uses the voice of Fanny McCoy, the youngest of the McCoy children, whose entire childhood was taken up by and destroyed by the feud.
Ann Rinaldi also does an extremely good job in her descriptions of not onl;y the feud but also the scenery of the battling and the emotional affects it had on each character. But, I'm happy with the result, so that's good! Fanny McCoy, the protagonist and narrator of Rinaldi's A Break with Charity; An Acquaintance with Darkness tautly plotted historical novel about the infamous feuding families effectively portrays the clans' divided loyalties and cycle of violence. It's a super book for middle grades and up. I also like her because she gives good advice to her brothers and sisters. The Hatfield and McCoy feud is important to the history of Kentucky and West Virginia.
Review: Fanny McCoy, the protagonist and narrator of Rinaldi's A Break with Charity; An Acquaintance with Darkness tautly plotted historical novel about the infamous feuding families effectively portrays the clans' divided loyalties and cycle of violence. I really like her style of historical fiction writing. Another reason Ranel McCoy is my character from history is because he is brave and cares for his family. I can relate to her in many ways, but I would never hope to face the same chanlenges she did. Interesting times, interesting families, interesting love story that started it all.
By Ann Rinaldi A novel based on the famous feud. And she almost always has strong female protagonists. Also because you just want to keep reading it. This book was really fun to read and if you do read it, I hope that you enjoy it. The Coffin Quilt is about the feud between the Hatfields and McC This is another enjoyable book by Ann Rinaldi.