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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: McClain Printing Company (Dec 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870126334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870126338
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 218 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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C.J. Henderson was born on Christmas Day. Her father, a coal miner, was a storyteller who kept his listeners spellbound. Raised on stories about C.C. Camp, Ponds Murder Farm, and other fearsome tales that came straight from her father's mind C.J. began telling her friends stories of her own, oftentimes getting into trouble for frightening the other children.

After high school C.J. married and became the mother of two sons. During the marriage she attended college, and at her father's urging, studied real estate and became an agent. The knowledge gained from her real estate career led to a position with a utility company in which she leased property. That work took her into the remote mountainous areas of West Virginia, where she met many colorful characters. Often C.J. had to wait in her car for property owners to show up for appointments. As she waited, appointment by appointment, the novel came alive on her legal pad.

C.J. is now a real estate broker operating her own company and working on more novels.

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By A Customer on Sept. 18 2003
Format: Paperback
When I first heard about the book, I was anxious to read it.
Not only am I am a West Virginian, but I am also an Appalachian
historian and avid reader of historical fiction. I met the author and bought her book. I couldn't wait to get home and begin reading.
The book made me ill and angry. The author used nearly all of the stereotypical images of Appalachians in writing this novel.
Evidently she used this tactic to create a sensationalistic piece of literature, and I use the term loosely, to sell books. Not only is this a disservice to the people of the region, but it is also a disservice to her readers. The story is barely believable.
In spite of this, she has probably succeeded, because the American public loves sensationalism, not to mention making fun of hillbillies.
There are so many wonderful writers who place their stories in Appalachia. Their characters reflect the true spirit of its people, who are, and always have been, like most Americans, especially those in rural areas and of the working class.
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The basic premise of this novel was good. Henderson especially does a great job with the "mountain" dialect. However, my opinion (and it's only my opinion) is that her "city" characters did not seem real. Their dialogue was quite stilted. Also, although basically a good story, the connection between Jacob and Jeb came as no surprise. I will probably purchase at least one more Cabin novel to see if the "city" characters become anymore realistic.
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By Suzanne on Jan. 11 2003
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The subject matter of this book is appalling, but it was so poorly written I kept reading it to see if it would get better. It didn't. It sometimes seemed as if the author sat at her keyboard each day and just started out without checking whether she had written this part already or not. In a way, it is inspiring--if she can make a living writing this stuff, I can too, though I don't want to turn my own stomach.
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I used this book as kindling .... enough said.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Be prepared for adventure and be prepared to be surprised. Jan. 9 2000
By Carol Bock - Published on
Format: Paperback
After reading `The Cabin - Misery on the Mountain', I considered the many feats this author pulled off in writing this book and always keeping the reader in mind. `The Cabin' has many characters, yet you do not become lost on who is who and why they have entered. The characters are all unique and have such specific roles that without them the author would be doing the reader a disservice. The memory of the characters will remain with you long after you finish the book. Characters will become household names -- e.g., Aunt Aggie -- the old mountain woman who completes just about every sentence with a rendition of `so ya say'. The book is geared to a unisex audience and is excellent for book discussion groups made up of both men and women. The author keeps the reader in mind and writes in an uncomplicated fashion to make certain that reading this book is not a chore but a pleasure. The story line is quite original and not predictable at all. Don't even try to predict the next scene - you can't. The story itself is a great topic for discussion groups -- is it based around underground baby brokers?, the lives of mountain men and women?, or civilized people discovering the lives of mountain people and vice versa? The setting itself is key - West Virginia - many references are made to local points of interest and backwoods to give the reader a feeling of nonfiction. The book is short, under 300 pages, and can easily be read in a day or weekend. The book ends with a reference to the sequel -- if it is anything like the first book, you know you will not be disappointed. `The Cabin' -- be prepared for adventure and be prepared to be surprised. Now that I found an author that gives true satisfaction to me as a reader, I look forward to more products from C.J. Henderson and hope not to wait too long. Read it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Cabin Misery on the Mountain Dec 26 1999
By LS Leggett - Published on
Format: Paperback
I could not put it down. I read the whole thing in one night. I can not wait for Cabin 2 to come out, or any other stories from this creative and talented author!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Extraordinary story! Dec 30 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was fascinated by the strange and interesting lives Tuesday and Annabelle lead in this book: The Cabin. It is shocking to think such things as baby-selling rings could actually exist! After reading this book I feel so sheltered. I can't wait for the sequel!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Book Jan. 12 2000
By Carol S. Birdsell - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading this book. I live in WV, so that was what prompted me first to read it, but I enjoyed every page. An author who can make you see the characters and feel their pain, their fear, and their joy, in my opinion, is an author I want to read more of. I could actually feel Tuesday's fear when she was in the cellar with the rats and her fear of Jacob...just an overall great book..
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
S'alright Aug. 26 2008
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Format: Paperback
I picked this book up on a whim from my local library, intrigued by the promise the library synopsis gave of a scary read and authored by a native West Virginian (whom I am always happy to support). Many people in these reviews want to condemn her for her "less than rosy" depiction of West Virginian society. I too live in WV, have for many years, and while I have certainly never heard of anything described in this fictional book transpiring in real life, I can't deny that the author paints a picture which seems plausible. To the other critics of this book who scorn it, I merely think they are upset because it does, indeed, perpetuate the negative stereotype of the incestuous, backward mountain man. Such readers might be advised to understand that this is a work of /fiction/. and should be regarded only as such.

The basic plot is that a man from the mountains keeps a cabin full of "wives" to produce children for him to sell. He makes a decent profit from this and has an apartment in the city, where he lives in relative comfort. Our heroine, Tuesday, is unfortunate enough to meet this man, who later takes a liking to her and decides to kidnap her and take her to the cabin, where he intends to make her one of his wives.

I have both good and bad things to say of this book. First, the bad, because that's how I roll. Essentially, the plot makes it way to the predictable conclusion through a series of really dumb blunders on the part of our heroine. Although these happenings are reflected upon later by her as she considers her poor judgment, they are all too frequent to be ignored and wind up being downright irritating. There are only so many times a reader can put up with the old "the search missed them by a few seconds" routine.

Also, the dialouge within the book was a bit stiff sometimes and unreal seeming, not to mention there are frequent occurances of the "one person monologue" as a character contemplates things right out loud to themselves. Had these things been conveyed by the characters in thought process, it would have been a lot less disconcerting.

One other note was the progression of the story seemed very unnatural to me. In parts it seemed to move forward very quickly, and the author jumps to a new perspective in every chapter, leaving only just enough time to re-immerse yourself in one story before being chucked right into another.

Other than that, however, I have to say I did enjoy reading this book. The plot had a lot of potential and I believe the author pulled it off, if just barely. One thing I do really want to commend her on was the character development. The different characters really shine through in their distinctness, which for me really made the novel.

So in short, through the clunky progression of the story, sometimes unrealistic dialouge and memorable characters, it made for an entertaining if short read. With another free afternoon, I might even consider picking up the next one.