This is an amazing read. I honestly could not put this book down! The sights, smells, and even tastes of Appalachia come right alive through the pages of this masterfully written story of love, loss, faith, war, and even murder. It tells of the best and worst of humanity, nothing glossed over, the good the bad and the ugly. The lines separating truth from fiction are delightfully blurred, my favorite being the tale of how a boy named Charlie miraculously survived a deadly winter storm by the warmth of a hibernating Tennessee black bear. A fun book which I highly recommend.