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North Carolina Fiction February 2012
This month, we are highlighting Fiction set in the North Carolina Appalachians.


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Stories set in our mountains
Cataloochee - Wayne Caldwell
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/01/2007
Share Cataloochee ISBN-13: 9781400063437
ISBN-10: 1400063434
Set in the mountains of western North Carolina, an historical novel follows the lives of three families from the end of the Civil War until 1928, when the National Park Service prepares to uproot them to make way for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Chemistry and other stories - Ron Rash
Publisher: Picador
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2007
Share Chemistry and other stories ISBN-13: 9780312425081
ISBN-10: 0312425082
Spanning the entire twentieth century, a collection of short stories, set against the backdrop of Appalachia, chronicles the struggle of rural communities with the changes of the modern world, capturing the collision between the Old and New South in the lives of the region's inhabitants.
My old true love - Sheila Kay Adams
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/01/2004
Share My old true love ISBN-13: 9781565124073
ISBN-10: 1565124073
In a haunting novel set during the Civil War in the mountains of Appalachia, Arty raises her brother, Hackley, and their cousin, Larkin, together like her own children, but the close relationship between the two young men is threatened when they both fall in love with the same woman.
Grave undertaking - Mark DeCastrique
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/01/2004
Share Grave undertaking ISBN-13: 9781590581162
ISBN-10: 1590581164
After moving to the Appalachian mountains to manage his ailing father's funeral home, ex-cop Barry Clayton unearths the skeleton of a murdered man, whose wallet contains a photograph of Barry's girlfriend, while moving a grave.
Ghost riders - Sharyn McCrumb
Publisher: Dutton
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/01/2003
Share Ghost riders ISBN-13: 9780525947189
ISBN-10: 0525947183
Disguising herself as a boy to join the Union army alongside her husband, Malinda Blalock raids the farms of Confederate sympathizers and promotes the efforts of governor Zebulon Vance, who would protect Appalachian interests.
See Rock City: a story journey through Appalachia - Donald Davis
Publisher: August House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/01/1996
Share See Rock City%3a a story journey through Appalachia ISBN-13: 9780874834529
ISBN-10: 087483452X
Describes the experiences of a young boy growing up in western North Carolina from 1948 when he entered kindergarten.
The hinterlands: a mountain tale in three parts - Robert Morgan
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/1994
Share The hinterlands%3a a mountain tale in three parts ISBN-13: 9781565120211
ISBN-10: 1565120213
Robert Morgan's first novel unfolds through the voices of three generations of Appalachian storytellers. In the first segment, adventurous teenager Petal runs off with a handsome homesteader in 1772. She tells of setting up housekeeping on the frontier, including the story of birthing her first baby while staving off a panther. In 1816, Petal's grandson uses a starved pig to track the best route for building a route down the mountain to market. In 1845, Petal's grandson constructs the turnpike down the mountain.
Velva Jean learns to drive - Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Plume
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/28/2009
Share Velva Jean learns to drive ISBN-13: 9780452289451
ISBN-10: 0452289459
Growing up in pre-World War II Appalachia, Velva Jean dreams of being a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls for Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned preacher, and soon she must choose between keeping her hard-won home and pursuing her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. 
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