BOOKS: Odd Cousin, Far Removed

A novel by master craftsman Peter Taylor continues a tradition of humor, rue and storytelling smarts

All Tennessee is divided into three parts. To the ordinary historian, they are eastern, middle and western. But that misses all the savor. As Nathan Longfort identifies them, the subdivisions are the Lost State of Franklin, the area in the eastern part of the state that was once part of North Carolina; Miro, once governed by Spaniards, in the center; and the Purchase, farther west. Similar distinctions apply to families. On his mother's side, Longfort is a Virginia- Tennessean, on his father's, a Carolina-Tennessean. You can tell the difference by whether a person refers to a cabinet as a "cupboard" or...

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