This was given to me to listen to. I started this in audio and ended up wanting to read it faster, so I finished in paper version. I thought this was wonderful! Terrific narration, and a really good story. This is the unabridged version.
With The Mammoth Cheese, Holman delivers a sharp, contemporary story steeped in history that will captivate a new audience while gratifying readers of her acclaimed earlier work, The Dress Lodger. Beautifully crafted and driven by warm, vibrant characters, The Mammoth Cheese follows the residents of rural Three Chimneys, Virginia, on their historic journey to re-create the making of the original Thomas Jefferson-era, 1,235-pound "Mammoth Cheese." As the book opens, the town is joyously celebrating the birth of the Frank Eleven (eleven babies simultaneously born to Manda and James Frank after fertility treatments) and enjoying the thrill of notoriety as reform-minded presidential hopeful Adams Brooke visits the newborns. But as autumn progresses and the babies start to die, the community seeks to redeem itself through the making and transporting of a symbolic Mammoth Cheese to Washington, as a gift for the newly elected President Brooke. Sheri Holman seamlessly weaves together the lives of Three Chimneys, delving into her characters' inescapable family histories as they grapple with religion, divorce, politics, and unrequited love. The Mammoth Cheese is a triumphant exploration of the burdens and joys of rural America and the debts we owe to history, our parents, and ourselves
Cast of characters varies from 11 babies born at the same time to the same parents; a presidential hopeful; a cheesemaker (Margaret) trying to save her centuries old family farm; a teenager in a dangerous relationship with her radical history teacher. The characters all become involved in trying to save the Cheese farm....and all looks good until the owner finds that her daughter's relationship with her teacher is worse that she thought. Margaret soon finds that trying to preserve what she has may very well cost her all she hold dear.