I absolutely love history, and greatly enjoy historical fiction. Both the book and t.v. series shed light upon life here at the turn of the 20th century--folk traditions, medicine, and superstition, as well as cultural issues such as moonshining and family feuding. The author had definitely done her homework, studying the regional culture and history by searching through records and interviewing previous students of her mother.
Reading this book, watching the series, and visiting other historical sites from this era has opened up an entire book of history for me that I had never delved into. Having lived in the harshness of Alaska for so long, I had unknowingly and essentially played down the hardships that people faced while pioneering here in the Appalachians. It appears so mild here compared to what I'm used to. However, what I am learning, is that in reality, life here was very laborious and challenging. Arduous really.
I am also learning that some folks take their Christy very seriously. There is actually an entire festival devoted to this classic tale, called ChristyFest. Many cast members, writers, and other crew attend this festival, and there are mountain crafts demonstrations, and storytelling. It sounds like it's a big celebration of southern mountain culture and history. I'm not sure if I'll get an opportunity to attend, but if I do, I'm pretty sure it'll be something to love.