[The Road is a] long pastoral novel centered around the difficulties with nature and with people encountered in attempts to carve a railroad line around, over, and through a North Carolina mountain in the late 19th century. Weatherby Wright, the hero of the book, is a man driven by his dream of the economic and social advantages which completion of the railroad line will bring to his native mountain people, a dream strong enough to influence those around him…. The work is difficult, the book is long, and, unfortunately, the characters are not drawn sharply enough to interest the average reader. However, occasional passages show good insight into mountain people and their highly individual society.
A review of "The Road," in Publishers Weekly (reprinted from the November 7, 1966 issue of Publishers Weekly, published by R. R. Bowker Company; copyright © 1966 by R. R. Bowker Company), Vol. 190, No. 19, November 7, 1966, p. 60.