After rising from poverty to earn two Ivy League degrees, an Appalachian lawyer pays tribute to the strong 'hill women' who raised and inspired her, and whose values have the potential to rejuvenate a struggling region.
... a quietly moving, powerful memoir in which Chambers shares her family’s story while praising the fortitude, intelligence and strength of Appalachian women ... Never didactic or dull, Chambers is particularly skillful at sharing her family’s narrative while weaving in facts and commentary about Appalachian sociology, education, health, economics and politics. Most of all, the author’s love and respect for her Granny (married at age 15 to a man she had known for a few months), mother (married at 18, the first in her family to graduate high school or college) and Aunt Ruth (an independent woman who married in her 40s) shine through, brightening each page like a welcoming front porch light ... In this age of political divisions, Hill Women offers a loving, luminous look at an often misunderstood and undervalued segment of our society.
In this poignant, fascinating, and heartwarming memoir, Chambers pays tribute to her granny, mother, and aunt, the 'Hill Women' whose strength and passion propelled Chambers to earn two Ivy League degrees ... with Chambers’ focus on the three women who deeply affected her, it is little wonder she’s returned to Kentucky as an adult to provide free legal services and to help women like them.
The stories are well written and easy to digest in small or larger increments. The storytelling jumps around a fair bit chronologically, which is occasionally confusing. Dating the chapters might help ... While Chambers writes honestly about racism, sexism and the opioid crisis in these pages, they are addressed sweepingly. This book is better for its glimpse into one extended family’s hardscrabble existence and the difference that an education can make.