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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451606427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451606423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TChris TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 13, 2011
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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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Just for fun, I read Ann Hite's Ghost on Black Mountain under the covers on Halloween night. As a Christian who almost never reads ghost stories, this book shattered my bias. This masterfully crafted work of literary fiction is a cross-over meant for all. If you delight in eerie ghost stories, this book is a must read. For those who only read Christian fiction, the teachings of Christ sparkle on the pages of this book like jewels hidden between the lines. Ann Hite pulls you into the character's lives and hearts and weaves a compelling spooky mountain tale that haunts you (in a good way) long after you've finished the read.

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.
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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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I love Ann Hite's writing and there is such beauty in her writing voice. I find myself even taking her quotes out of context because they are so beautiful. But within the context of the story, they are even better. This is a great story with wonderful, memorable characters which are nuanced and complex. She does a wonderful job with multiple voices, weaving meaning through generations, offering the reader twists and surprises as well as continuity. I didn't want to put this book down. It kept me curious and engaged. I only wish Ann Hite had written even more books to enjoy.

Dr. Tracy Brower, author, Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations
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Although the story is dark in its theme, it was a great read. The author's use of various voices to tell their own parts of the story was well done. From those to despise to those you wanted to protect to those you were puzzled by, it was rich in characterization. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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The story and prose were spot on. This book grabbed me and didn't want to let go. Yet it did, just a wee bit. It slowed down quite a bit from the exciting pace that it started with. That could have been the whole point though.
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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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