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Ghost on Black Mountain Paperback – September 13, 2011
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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
About the Author
Ann Hite lives with her family in Atlanta.
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Nellie Pritchard is a young naive bride that's whisked to Black Mountain by the devil himself, Hobbs Pritchard. Nellie's mama warns her not to go because she seen the sign of death in her tea leaves but Nellie's in love. Everyone she encounters warns Nellie to leave the Mountain while she can and forget Hobbs before he hurts or even kills her since they all know he's killed before. Shelly is the young black maid that sees spirits and they too are warning Nellie to leave before its too late. Nellie's life changes because of going to Black Mountain but Black Mountain changes for her being there. I highly recommend the book and I am definetely a fan and look forward to reading more Ann Hite novels. If you like stories with interesting characters that continue to haunt you when you finish the story then you will love this book too.
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
After reading the title and description of this book, I was intrigued enough to buy it. Black Mountain is a real location very near where I live, so I was immediately attracted to that as well. I admit I wasn't totally sure what to expect going in but I did expect a good ghost story. What I got was so much greater. Told from five different women's perspective, Ghost on Black Mountain tells the story of Hobbs Pritchard and how his life and actions affected each one of them. It shows that every action affects every future event, and not only in the lives of the one performing the action. Each woman's family was affected as well, and did not always understand why.
While ghosts are involved in this story and are characters themselves, the author doesn't make them the main story. Instead, we are taken into these women's lives and experience what each one is feeling and what they are going through. There are a lot of mother-daughter relationships portrayed in the book, and we learn that even though those relationships may be rocky, the bond between them is fierce and strong.
Ghost on Black Mountain is one of the best books I have read in a while, and I would highly recommend it to everyone!