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She Walks These Hills Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1995

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (MM) (Oct. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451184726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451184726
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #728,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

A murdered 18th-century pioneer woman and a present-day escaped convict haunt the same Appalachian wilderness in McCrumb's multilayered mystery.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA?Mystery and folklore are skillfully blended in this contemporary Appalachian tale. Driving the plot are "Harm" (Hiram) Sorley, an aging prisoner suffering from recent memory loss, who receives a spiritual message to escape from prison and return home to North Carolina; history grad student Jeremy Cobb, who wants to hike the trail used by Katie Wyler in the late 1700s when she escaped from Indians who held her captive; and members of the sheriff's department who search for both of these men. Strong females also figure prominently in this title, not the least of whom is Katie Wyler, dead over 200 years, whose spectral image helps several characters. Assisting Sheriff Arrowwood is his newest deputy, Martha Ayers, who's determined to prove she can rise above the lot of dispatcher. When all these folks converge beside a burning trailer home, more than one mystery is solved. McCrumb's rich use of dialect, accompanied by both physical description of and folklore about the mountains, combine to produce an evocative, haunting story. This novel defies stereotypical mystery elements, offering instead a complete melange of character study, plot, and setting.?Pam Spencer, Chapel Square Media Center, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you're looking for a great mystery combined with many story plots, and some historical backround, you should definietly read this book. McCrumb has done an excellent job of taking the lives of a variety of different characters and weaving them all together throughout this book. Although contradictory to what others may say, this book is centered around the escape of an mentally ill old man from jail and how a number of other people's lives tie in with his journey home. You will get to know three police officers, two of whom think the escaped convict is no threat, but one who does. A radio announcer who hypes up the old man's journey is another big focus of this plot, along with a college professor who is on a journey of his own to follow the trail of the legend, Katie Wyler.
Even thought it may be hard at times to follow the many characters who are introduced, they all come together in the end and make an exciting and page turning book. This book is set in the Appalachian mountains around Virginia and Tennessee and McCrumb has done a wonderful job on describing the scenery of the land. McCrumb's language makes you feel like are there in the mountains. Along with the scenery, McCrumb has also done her share of research on the area and provides information (as one of the characters) about the geological factors of the Appalachians. With all the surprised that end each chapter, you are always wondering what will happen next, or who will finally meet who. For a great anytime reading get Sharyn McCrumb's She Walks These Hills.
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I totally agree with a writer form St. Louis when he said that She Walks These Hills was haunting, tragic and beautifully written. The way Sharyn McCrumb twisted different plots into her novel kept me wanting to know more and more with each sentence I read. She was able to accurately go from Katie Wyler's time in 1790, to Hiram Sorley's time in 1960, and even to the present day. McCrumb's use of descriptive language and long, flowing sentences made the book much more captivating. From the time that she introduced us to Hiram Sorley in the beginning of the novel, to the time he died in the trailer fire, I grew attached to the escaped convict. McCrumb made me feel sorry for the old man because of the way she questioned his guilt through Hank-the-Yank, the local radio DJ. And the way that Sharyn McCrumb made Martha Ayers look as brave as a soldier, made me have so much respect for her character. I felt as if I have known the characters in the novel all my life because of the specific details given by McCrumb. What made this book so easy to read was McCrumb's use of descriptive vocabulary. I felt as if I was actually there in Tennessee with Martha and Sabrina, and that I was going through the same things that Jeremy Cobb was going through in the woods. Overall, I loved the way that McCrumb went from Katie Wyler and Jeremy Cobb's journey through the woods, to Martha Ayers trying to prove herself by catching Harm Sorley, the escaped convict, who was also trying to find his daughter and ex-wife. It was just so interesting to read about the happenings from the different time periods, but in the end how they all came together as one.
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She Walks These Hills turned out to be an excellant book, despite the slow start. The first three chapters were very hard to read because you had no idea who all these characters were and how they related to each other in the story. However, McCrumb weaves these characters and their stories together almost ingeniously to make everything fit at the end of the book. At first I thought Harm Sorley was a "bad" guy, as an escaped convict, but I begin to root for him half-way through the book when Hank the Yank really finds out what happened to Harm thirty years ago. It broke my heart at the end when Harm died trying to save his home, and could not recognize his daughter Charlotte. McCrumb causes us to hate Crystal and that two-timer Deputy Joe, but brings Martha, the new deputy and Joe's lover, close to everyone's heart. The only character I had trouble with was the grad student, Jeremy. I agree with Nancy Anne Fox when she said he was annoying and dumb. He was like a water moccasin in the desert. Jeremy had no idea what to do in the woods. When the house caught on fire at the climax of the novel, every story line in some way came together. Jeremy, Martha, Sabrina, Charlotte, Rita's body, and even Katie Wyler showed up for that awesome sceen as the green house caught fire and ended all that Harm knew as life before jail, or all he could remember anyway. McCrumb's vocabulary was very strong throughout the book, with words such as drowsing, hardscrabble, and brusque. Also, she made me want to visit the Appalachian Mountain region, because of her vivid description of the beautiful mountains, such as "they clumped around him gazing at the acres of grasses, sedge, and wildflowers moving in the ceaseless winds..." (McCrumb 128). In conclusion, this story had excellent characters, story line, and language, so it equals a great book.
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Sharyn McCrumb takes us back for another visit to Hamelin, Tennessee with terrific results. She is able to seamlessly switch back and forth from Katie Wyler's time in the 1790s to the escaped convict's 1960s to present day.
Blending an escaped convict, a deputy in training, a missing baby, a young woman from 200 years ago and the grad student following her path; Ms McCrumb creates a delightful story. As with the rest of the ballad series, the story is rich with well-developed characters. You keep turning the pages to find out what happened to poor Katie 200 years ago, and what will happen when the convict gets home to a town he no longer recognizes. It's very hard to leave the town and its people at the end of the book.
The only negative thing about the book is the graduate student. While, a very interesting idea to have a grad student study the plight of this young woman from 200 years ago, did the student have to be so stupid? I found myself getting very annoyed with this one character's cluelessness, and only found comfort in the fact that at he finally realized his situation.
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