Dirt-poor, sensitive as poets, and proud as kings, the Powell family has lived on a Georgia mountaintop for generations. Then, during the 1960's, young Ursula Powell's father convinces the Tiber family, owners of everything in nearby Tiberville, to commission a huge iron sculpture of a bear for the town. Decades later, the strange sculpture, rejected by the townspeople and left to rust on the Powell farm, symbolizes a family's failure and thwarted dreams. But, unknown to Ursula, it is now worth such a huge fortune that the artist's enbittered son, Quentin Ricconni, is coming to reclaim it, and to change everything Ursula believes about the past, the choices that break a heart, and the redeeming powers of art and love.
I loved this story. I read it a couple of years ago, and, amazingly, still remembered the plot!
deborah smith is always a good read. on bear mountain the powell family has lived dirt poor for generations. Then, during the 1960's, young Ursula Powell's father convinces the Tiber family, oweners of everything in nerarby Tiberville, to commission a huge iron sculpture of a bear for the town. Decades later the strange sculpture rejected by the townspeople and left to rust on the Powell farm- symbolizes a family's failure and thwarted dreams. But, unknown to Ursula, it is now worth such a huge fortune that the artist's reclaim it... and to change everything Ursula believes about the past, the choices that break a heart, and the redeeming powers of art and love.
This book reminds me why Deborah Smith is one of my favorite authors. On Bear Mountain has it all ... complex, flawed, endearing and very real characters, a believable story with many twists and turns and, most importantly, the most beautiful and descriptive writing to make it all unfurl and reveal itself flawlessly. Smith can say in one sentence what it takes others pages to say. The engaging plot kept the pages turning, kept me smiling and also broke my heart more than a few times. Just like life.
***** Five stars!!
Beautifully written. A shimmering web of sorrow and joy.
Another wonderful family saga from Deborah Smith. She writes the best family dramas and this one is no exception.
Ursula grows up dirt poor and trying to escape the legacy of the Iron Bear, a sculpture her father spent money he didn't have on. Money that may have kept her mother from dying and her brother from being retarded.
Quentin is the son of the sculptor. He has his own demons to fight, including that his actions may be responsible for his own father's death.
What do these two people possibly have in common?
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Only the most peculiar, heartfelt fate could link the star-crossed Ricconni family of New York with the dirt-poor Powells of the Georgia mountains. Little do Ursula Powell and Quentin Ricconni know that a strange and abstract iron sculpture of a bear will draw them together. They have nothing in common except the power that the Bear has in both their lives. The sculpture, which now sits in the back yard of Ursula's secluded mountain farm, is worth a fortune. When Quentin leaves New York for the small Southern town to reclaim his father's sculpture, what he discovers is that when it comes to the heart, to destiny, to fate, the price paid cannot be measured in millions.
Beautfull written. Deborah Smith has a way with words that you won't forget. Her stories are always very good.
This book was very emotionally involving and highly recommended.
A hillbilly girl from Georgia and a rebellious Brooklyn boy find out the hard way that some family ties bind tighter than others in this highly readable novel by the author of A Place to Call Home. Ursula Powell lives in the shadow of the Iron Bear, a sculpture commissioned by a distant relative for a local college campus as a tribute to the ursine presence in Bear Creek, Ga. Fashioned by a New York artist from scrap metal donated by local families, the Bear sparks a smoldering feud between the poor, chicken-farming Powells and their wealthier chicken-processing-plant cousins, the Tibers. When the Tibers threaten to trash the Bear, Ursula's father scrapes together money the family can ill afford to install the sculpture in the Powell pasture. Resenting her father for the hardship she believes he has brought on the family, scrappy Ursula grows up fighting class oppression and backwoods superstitions. Meanwhile, Quentin Riconni, son of the artist who created the Bear, also grows up resenting his father. Quentin and his mother live in poverty in Brooklyn, while the senior Riconni devotes himself to his unprofitable art upstate. Not until 20 years after Quentin's father's death are his sculptures applauded, earning millions of dollars for his widow and son. When Quentin discovers that the Bear is owned by the Powells, he sets out on a journey of self-discoveryDone fated to include Ursula. A few too many crowd-pleasing elements are packed into this romantic weeper, but Smith practices her craft adroitly and tells a genuinely moving story.
Two warring related families, one bear sculpture, and a whole lot of guilt from the past. Very interesting book.
A very good Book!I read it in a day!
A dynamic novel that stays with you. et in a mountaintop in Georgia the plot involves a bear sculpture, which was rejected by the townfolk and now the artist's son is coming to reclaim the iron bear
From the back... Dirt poor,as sensitive as poets, and as proud as kings, the Powell family has lived on a Georgia mountaintop for generations. Then during the 1960's young Ursula Powell's father convinces the Tiber family, owners of everything in nearby Tiberville to commision a huge sculpture of a bear for the town. Decades later the strange sculpture---- rejected by the townspeople and left ot rust on the Pownell farm-- symbolizes a family's failure and thwarted dreams. But unknown to Ursula, it is know worht such a huge fortune that the artist's son Quentin Ricconni, is coming to reclaim it and to change everything Ursula believes about the past, the choices that break the heart, and the redeeming poweres of art and love.