The cliff

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Mark Thomas McWaters (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Fred Chappell

Abstract: The Cliff is a novel whose setting is a cliff, on the central coastline of California in the year, I898. The cliff is the site of an abandoned, limestone mining operation. The principal characters in the story are: Amy Braddock, a thirty-five-year-old widow: Jason Braddock, her eleven-year-old son; and Prophet, a black man, a stranger, and an alleged friend of the deceased father's. Prophet is a mysterious person who arrives one day on foot, with nothing but the clothes on his back and what he calls a "spirit stick" in his hand. The stick appears to be a totem of some sort, possessed of magical powers. The first two chapters we see here are concerned with Prophet's attempts to win a place for himself in the family and his initial efforts to persuade them to reopen the limestone mine.

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Language: English
Date: 1977

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