Books: Valley of Pioneers

GENESEE FEVER—Carl Carmer —Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50).

Carl Carmer's four volumes of non-fiction (Stars Fell on Alabama, Listen for a Lonesome Drum, etc.) have made him one of the most popular of U.S. regional specialists. This, his first novel, is just as regional, just as competent, and will probably be even more popular than his nonfiction. Scene: Carmer's favorite Genesee country of upper New York State, where he spent his boyhood. Time: the 1790s.

In those days the loam in the Genesee bottom lands was 18 feet thick, and the whole valley sprang with grass...

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