Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ghost on Black Mountain

Title: Ghost on Black Mountain Author: Ann Hite Publisher: Gallery Books Pages: 329

I bought this book at Barnes & Noble.

From the back cover:
Nellie Clay married Hobbs Pritchard without even realizing he was a spell conjured into a man, a walking, talking ghost story. But her mama knew. She saw it i her tea leaves: death. Folks told Nellie to get off the mountain while she still could, to go back home before it was too late.  Hobbs wasn't nothing but trouble. He'd even killed a man. No telling what else. That mountain was haunted, and soon enough, Nellie would feel it too. One way or another Hobbs would get what was coming to him. The ghosts would see to that...

 Told through the eyes of five women, this book really captures the folklore, people, and traditions of Appalachia. Nellie was an innocent, yet headstrong girl when she married Hobbs Pritchard.  She had no idea what kind of person he really was, or how badly he was hated on Black Mountain.  The decision she is forced to make in order to survive affects the lives of many people and will come back to haunt her in unexpected ways.  The ghosts in this story add so much to the atmosphere.  Ghost stories are a huge part of Appalachian folklore and Hite captures this and plays it well into the story.  I liked the way the characters were well- rounded.  For example, in the beginning Rose is pictured as simply "the other woman". Later, we come to know Rose and the reasons for her decisions.  Hite is  a great writer. I look forward to reading her next novel.

Read this book if....
*you love southern fiction
*you love stories that take place in Appalachia
*you love a good ghost story

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