"From the Hardcover edition."
|Publish Date:||Jun 1998|
|Number of Pages:||352|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.37|
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Sharyn McCrumb was born in Wilmington, North Carolina on February 26, 1948. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received an M.A. in English from Virginia Tech. Her novels include Elizabeth MacPherson series and the Ballad series. Her book, St. Dale, won a 2006 Library of Virginia Award and the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature, the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Award, the Perry F. Kendig Award for Achievement in Literary Arts, the Chaffin Award for Southern Literature, and the Plattner Award for Short Story. She has been writer-in-residence at King College in Tennessee and Shepherd College in West Virginia.
|Precious Jewel||p. 7|
|Telling the Bees||p. 16|
|Love on First Bounce||p. 27|
|John Knox in Paradise||p. 38|
|Southern Comfort||p. 48|
|A Snare as Old as Solomon||p. 60|
|The Witness||p. 67|
|Not All Brides Are Beautiful||p. 77|
|A Shade of Difference||p. 85|
|AWee Doch and Doris||p. 94|
|Remains to Be Seen||p. 108|
|The Luncheon||p. 116|
|A Predatory Woman||p. 125|
|Happiness Is a Dead Poet||p. 138|
|Nine Lives to Live||p. 165|
|Gentle Reader||p. 184|
|The Monster of Glamis||p. 204|
|The Matchmaker||p. 223|
|Old Rattler||p. 237|
|Among My Souvenirs||p. 254|
|Typewriter Man||p. 267|
|Gerda's Sense of Snow||p. 279|
|An Autumn Migration||p. 299|
|Foggy Mountain Breakdown||p. 314|
This is the first story collection from best-selling mystery writer McCrumb (e.g., She Walks These Hills and If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him, both LJ 5/1/95). With settings, tone, diction, and characters varying so widely, the 25 stories might have been written by 15 different writers. The one theme common to many of the stories is the desire forand usually accomplishment of revenge. Some stories, especially the first one, "Precious Jewel", are very fine, subtle, and moving.
In others, however, a distancing irony prevents the reader's involvement with the characters. Some nicely convey a feeling for the rural South ("The Witness") and others the often-fraught relationship between men and women that is not limited to any region ("A Snare As Old as Solomon", "John Knox in Paradise"). The length of the stories does not allow much plot, and McCrumb sometimes attempts to compensate by winding up with an obvious metaphor or startling action to provide a punch. Buy where there is demand for her novels, which are clearly McCrumb's strong suit. Judith Kicinski, Sarah Lawrence Coll., Bronxville, N.Y.
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"In an earlier life, McCrumb must have been a balladeer, singing of restless spirits, star-crossed lovers, and the consoling beauty of nature... The overall effect is spellbinding."
--The Washington Post
Best selling author Sharyn McCrumb is "a born storyteller" (Mary Higgins Clark) who astonishes readers and reviewers with the power and scope of her talent, prompting the San Diego Union-Tribune to declare: "There is no one quite like her among present-day writers. No one better, either."
Foggy Mountain Breakdown, the first-ever collection of Sharyn McCrumb's short fiction, is a literary quilting of old and new, humorous and heartfelt, offering award-winning works--and two stories never before published, contrasting mountain childhoods past and present.
Chilling tales of suspense alternate with evocative character portraits and compelling narratives that embrace the southern Appalachian locales and themes of McCrumb's acclaimed Ballad Novels. Within this cornucopia of two dozen stories, Old Rattler, a mountain healer, skirmishes with a serial killer... Princess Di investigates long-kept secrets within the House of Windsor... A reincarnated murder victim seeks delicious revenge... And while honeymooning in the bridegroom's ancestral hilltop homeplace, two newlyweds harbor second thoughts.
The author's perfect-pitch ear for dialogue and ability to illuminate the dark side of human nature merge with her brilliant artistry to make Foggy Mountain Breakdown a virtuoso collection for devotees of Sharyn McCrumb--and for the legion of new readers who will find themselves caught under her spell.
From the Hardcover edition.
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