Young’un by Herbert Best (1944)


“Young’un” is a captivating story set in upstate New York during the time of land grants. Old man Post, disliking home and farming, abandons them both after his wife dies in a house fire. Eldest, Dan'l, and Young'un take on the farm, with Young'un playing a significant role in supporting Dan'l's determined vision. Together, they confront challenges like dealing with ornery Sim Higgins and celebrating triumphs, such as the construction of a new log house. The narrative is rich in truthful details of life, with Young'un emerging as a genuine character, navigating her way through the complexities of growing up. The story beautifully balances humor, like the spitting contest, with harsh realities, such as a bitter winter. Young'un's journey involves self-discovery, questioning family dynamics, and finding happiness in love.

Hardcover in decent condition. Cover boards and spine are solid and intact, but show minor signs of moisture damage. Interior pages are clean and free of any marks. Includes an article of the book printed for the October book of the month club. Assumed first edition published in 1944 by the McMillan Company.

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