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She Walks These Hills Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; a edition (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451184726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451184726
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

From School Library Journal

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.

More About the Author

I am an award-winning Southern writer. I am probably best known for my
Appalachian "Ballad" novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains. These books include New York Times Best Sellers She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket, which deal with the issue of the vanishing wilderness, and The Ballad of Frankie Silver, the story of the first woman hanged for murder in the state of North Carolina; The Songcatcher, a genealogy in music; and Ghost Riders, an account of the Civil War in the Appalachians.

My newest novel St. Dale, the Canterbury Tales set in NASCAR, was published by Kensington Books of New York in 2005, and is currently a nominee for the Library of Virginia Literary Award in Fiction and a finalist for its People's Choice Award.

Honors include: the 2003 Award for Literature given by the
East Tennessee Historical Society; AWA Outstanding Contribution to
Appalachian Literature Award; Chaffin Award for Achievement in Southern
Literature; Plattner Award for Short Story; and AWA's Best Appalachian
Novel.

I was the first writer-in-residence at King College in Tennessee. In 2001 I
served as fiction writer-in-residence at the WICE Conference in Paris, and
in 2005 I was honored as the writer of the year at the annual literary
celebration at Emory and Henry College. (And I was the first Southern writer to take along a NASCAR driver to that literary seminar. Thank you, Ward Burton!)

Customer Reviews

I recommend that you begin with the first book and read in order (this is the third in the series).
S. Schwartz
McCrumb has done an excellent job of taking the lives of a variety of different characters and weaving them all together throughout this book.
Brooke
Just be sure you have plenty of time because once you start, you are going to want to finish at one reading.
Robert B. Hall

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tome Toad on August 30, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought when I first picked this book up that it was going to be one of those gothic potboilers with spooky ghosts, swooning women and brave (male) ghostbusters. Oh, and a scary, escaped killer out to wreak havoc on innocent people. It's got a tiny little bit of the goth in it, but it's much more than that. It's a modern story about modern people and takes on some big topics - prejudice, bigotry, justice, right and wrong, good and evil, stupidity in pursuit of noble causes. There's not a badly drawn character in the book; they all feel like real people with real complexities and complicated motives, often only precariously in control of the situations they get themselves into. The dialogues flow smoothly and sound real - you can hear these conversations. You'll recognize these people and you'll recognize yourself in them. Even the ghost story underpinning the book is fascinating and historically informative. If you're looking for a readable story that will hold your interest, this is it.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ramona Honan on May 20, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
She Walks These Hills is another excellent book in the Appalachian series by Sharyn McCrumb. She again combines two stories - one in the present and one in the past along with a pinch of a ghost story, culminating in an overall satisfying novel.
This installment tells of the stories of Harm Sorley, an escaped murderer in the Appalachian area, a college professor following the trail of Katie Wyler, a pioneer woman trying to get to her home in 1799, and Hank the Yank, a bodacious radio personality who tries to get into both these stories. I will not give the ending away as some reviewers did, but you need to read this book to get the full flavor of the area and the era.
How do these three characters intertwine with each other - both from the past and present? It is up the reader to find out in this thrilling novel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susie Rigsby on July 5, 2002
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WOW! That's about how I feel about this novel written by Sharyn McCrumb. Of all the books I've read of late, this has to be one of the very best. I wish I could give it a 10 rating. The book was loaned to me. "Read this, I think you'll like it." Well, she was right. I didn't just like it. I loved it. Being of Cherokee decent, and knowing a little about the Appalachia area, naturally that sparked my interest. Being a native of the area, McCrumb has done a wonderful job with this novel. She mastered the plot, the characters, the dialogue and ME. I couldn't put the book down. I'm putting McCrumb at the top of my list as one of my favorite authors. The research and persons involved made this book everything that it is. My hat is off to McCrumb. Without further ado, I'm off to the library to gather another novel she's written. Take my advice and get a copy of this book. You'll see what I mean.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stoutjesdijk-Lyddane on August 9, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was my introduction to Sharyn McCrumb, and I'm definitely partial to the Appalacian series. This was a haunting, unforgettable story that drew you in, not just to the story itself, but to the people and characters. It reads easily, and you don't want to put it down because you just NEED to know what's gonna happen. I love the way Ms. McCrumb tells two stories in parallel, and the way that the two stories seem to come together, although they are more than 100 years apart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Betty Burks on May 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Of all her novels, this is by far my favorite of the McCrumb masterpieces, and I have read most (not all) of her diverse books. This one involves a woman who loves a sinner; he went to his death before he would divulge their relationship and cause her problems. Little did he know that by his actions, she would forever 'walk these hills' in a long black veil.
Before leaving the small town, I would call my local deejays of the morning to request the new release, SHE WALKS THESE HILLS, which gave them something to snicker about as it was an old, old song called THE LONG BLACK VEIL released in the fifties by Ferlin Husky. I later learned that Johnny Cash also had a pretty good version.
Ms. McCrumb varies in her subject matter and researches her later books to some extent. This is one of her best. It just may be my favorite of her varied ballads using some of the same colorful characters in Hamblen County, TN -- right up the road a piece from Knoxville.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Gawlitta on July 7, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my first exposure to author Sharyn McCrumb, and she has a narrative style that is riveting. Great characters, showing strengths & weaknesses, like normal people. Add a touch of supernatural Appalacian folklore, and McCrumb's wonderful characters take off. Characters like Harm Sorley, Hank the Yank, Nora Bonesteel, Jeremy Cobb and, especially, Deputy Martha Ayers, were individually as different as they come, but they all managed to touch each other's lives as the story progressed. This is my idea of a real page-turner; I enjoyed it very much.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Denise Bentley on June 10, 2002
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An enticing mystery on several different levels. The ghost of a pioneer girl walks the mountain trails in search of peace after being kidnapped by the Indians. A 63 year old felon escapes prison and believes he is still in the 1960's. Murder and mayhem abound in a present day Appalachian town. Set in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains all is not what it seems.
A fast paced mystery with a dash of exclusivity that spices it up and gives it a punch of unique individualism. I did find it a bit predictable but enjoyable none the less. Kelsana 6/10/02
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