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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451606427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451606423
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pull up a rocker and gaze into the hills at sundown. Old-time front porch storytelling unfolds in this dark, twisted tale where hardscrabble lives, murderous secrets, and ghosts intersect on a mysterious mountain." —Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

"An eerie page-turner told in authentic mountain voices that stick with the reader long after the story ends." –Amy Greene, author of Bloodroot

"Haunting, dark and unnerving, Hite's brilliant modern gothic casts an unbreakable spell."—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

"The authentic voice of Nellie Pritchard, who comes to Black Mountain as a new bride, wraps around you and pulls you deep into this haunted story. Ann Hite delivers an eerie page-turner that I couldn’t put down." -- Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Gods in Alabama and Backseat Saints

"The inhabitants of Black Mountain live side-by-side with the spirits of the dead, throw spells and dig for treasure, solve their problems with careful alliances and the occasional murder. This is a story where the spookiness of a mountain village comes to life through gritty characters whose feelings and motivations seem all too similar to our own. Ann Hite captures their voices so well, you'd swear they're whispering into your ear. Ghost on Black Mountain is captivating."—Rebecca Coleman, author of The Kingdom of Childhood

"Will intrigue readers eager for a Southern Gothic tale, and suggests a promising future for the Black Mountain novels to come."Publisher's Weekly

"Multiple female narrators add dimension and perspective to Hite's first novel, and the sightings and visits from the spirits are often appropriately eerie . . . [An] artfully woven tale." --Library Journal

"[Ann Hite] twists folklore with the genres of Southern Gothic, paranormal and literary fiction like a fine, fat pretzel, a guilty pleasure after midnight . . . A richly layered tale of haints, hoodoo and heebie-jeebies, mayhem and murder, love and betrayal."Alabama Mobile Register

“Hite paints a loving portrait of rural mountain life in the early twentieth century, and characters are nuanced and true”--Atlanta Magazine

"A haunting Southern gothic tale . . . wonderfully crafted"San Francisco Book Review

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Ann Hite lives with her family in Atlanta.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Part One of Ghost on Black Mountain combines a ghost story with that of an abused woman who must decide whether and how to confront her abuser. The tale is told in the first person by Nellie Clay. Nellie's mother warns her not to marry Hobbs Pritchard, but Nellie is seventeen, innocent, and certain she will lose her chance at love if she doesn't accept Hobbs' proposal. After a one day courtship, Nellie marries Hobbs and moves into his house on Black Mountain. She quickly realizes that Hobbs is a hard, ill-tempered, unloving man. Nellie's problems are compounded when a young girl named Shelly, dispatched by Hobbs' aunt to help Nellie clean the house, tells Nellie that a ghost is roaming its rooms. Nellie soon encounters not just the ghost in the house, but another who lurks in the woods. Nellie eventually puzzles out the connection between the two ghosts.

Part One is written in a convincing first person Southern Appalachian voice, although it occasionally betrays an eloquence that is inconsistent with Nellie's unsophisticated grammar. The story plods a bit when Nellie starts to keep a diary, filling pages with "how could God let this happen to me?" musings. Several well executed scenes let us see that Nellie is unhappy; reading her hand-wringing diary entries adds nothing new. I was also unconvinced by Nellie's reaction to the haunting; for a person who claims not to believe in ghosts, Nellie seems surprisingly unperturbed when they show up and start chatting with her.

Part Two is told in the first person by Nellie's mother, Josie Clay. Josie tells us that we need to know her story to understand how Nellie "got herself into the mess she did," but Josie's story actually gives us little insight into Nellie's life beyond showing us Nellie's early exposure to yet another ghost.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beth Hoffman on September 14, 2011
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Steeped in the tradition of Southern backwoods lore, Ann Hite has crafted a strange and deliciously dark mountain tale, replete with secrets and ghosts and eerie twists that kept me guessing. This is the kind of old-time storytelling one would hope for while sitting on a warped front porch on a starless night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Britt R. on January 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a book I will be thinking about for a long time. It's the kind of book that makes you stay up until 2am reading it because you just have to know what happens on the next page. There wasn't a place where I could stop reading and not think about it.

The web that surrounds Hobbs Pritchard draws you in slowly and before you know it, he's managed to ensnare you, just like he does his ladies in the book. The different perspectives each woman gives of the same man shows just how complicated a person can be. There isn't one true Hobbs, in my opinion. Each woman sees a different version of him, and they're all right and wrong at the same time. As much as I disliked him as a person, his character is one of the best I've read.

As for each of the women, my heart went out to each and every one. They all had secrets that eventually came back to bite them, some worse than others. It didn't matter what the reasoning was behind keeping the secrets, be it good or bad, the secrets ate at each woman and her life.

Something else I found wonderful was how strong the females are in this book. They might make bad choices, but who doesn't in life? However, these women overcome these weaknesses and stand up for themselves, taking charge of their situation and doing what they need to do to make their lives better. I know I say it a lot, but I love real characters, and these women fit the bill. They found strength in their weaknesses, and transformed from characters in a book to real people in my mind.

This was not the simple read I thought it was going to be. It deals with the dark side of human nature, how keeping secrets can destroy good things and many women's issues. This was a fantastic novel and Hite's next book cannot be released soon enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Zacharias on December 4, 2011
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Growing up in Georgia, I heard a lot of ghost stories. They usually involved hands that weren't attached to bodies, dark shadows in moonlight, or the lone hitchhiker that turned out to be Jesus.
Ann Hite does not tell those kind of ghost stories. She is a masterful writer and storyteller. In Hite's hands, the Ghosts on Black Mountain become characters readers will want to linger with, head or no head, full moon or no moon. Hite's story has more twists and turns than Bloody Highway 11. Settle back for a ride that you won't soon forget.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurlylocs on January 3, 2014
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Prepare to be swept up in this wonderfully written tale of hard-times mountain living. It is a most enjoyable ride that quickly and quietly unfolds transporting you to a rare and unique place of magic. I was left most satisfied having spent the time to know this story. Romance, broken dreams, everyday spirits, characters that grow into themselves, secrets that refuse to stay hidden all come so vividly alive in the cool clean air of Black Mountain. From beginning to end I wouldn't change a thing. Ann Hite truly has an amazing gift for storytelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire Bacon on January 3, 2014
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Unexpected bends in the road, lot of twists. A real page turner, just couldn't put it down! Absolutely recommend this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon D. Murray on December 7, 2013
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This author drew me into her world with such clarity. Her characters were so compelling. I will look for more from her and highly recommend you do as well.
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