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Ghost on Black Mountain Paperback – September 13, 2011
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"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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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.Read more ›
The main character, young and naïve Nellie Pritchard, meets Hobbs Pritchard while serving in a church food line in depression-era North Carolina. Then, the trouble begins for sweet Nellie.
Ann Hite breaks her novel into six parts, told from the point of view of women connected to the charismatic Hobbs Prichard. Each woman's viewpoint allows us to better understand Nellie, her choices, and her life on Black Mountain. Nellie is warned by the living and the dead to escape from the mountain and from Hobbs, but she mistakenly holds onto love and vows and the good only she sees in her husband, while she puzzles together the truth.
Themes of abuse and love, the powerful and the weak, forgiveness and revenge are beautifully woven into this tale. Mystical settings, eerie atmosphere, beautiful prose and characters with depth unite in this delightful unforgettable tale.
Dr. Tracy Brower, author, Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I began this book in the early evening and turned the final page in the early morning hours. It's the first book in a long time that I have read straight through. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Linda
Sit back with a tall iced tea, put up your feet, and take a trip to the mountains with family. Brilliant, endearing, daring, heartfelt, and sweetly Southern. Read morePublished 1 month ago by V. Brunskill
Absolutely brilliant Ann develops the characters so well and weaves an intricate spell on the reader . Very spooky read cannot wait to start reading the next onePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not a big fan of ghost stories but I really enjoyed seeing the novel through the eyes of each character.Published 3 months ago by Peggy
Ann Hite's first novel "Ghost on Black Mountain" is a authentic southern story so reminiscent of the stories I remember hearing growing up in the south. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer