The Hum and the Shiver
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The Hum and the Shiver

By (author) Alex Bledsoe

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No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the mountains of East Tennessee. When the first Europeans came to the Smoky Mountains, the Tufa was already there. Dark-haired and enigmatic, they live quietly in the hills and valleys of Cloud County, their origins lost to history. But there are clues in their music, hidden in the songs they have passed down for generations...Private Bronwyn Hyatt, a true daughter of the Tufa, has returned from Iraq, wounded in body and spirit, but her troubles are far from over. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, while a restless "haint" has followed her home from the war. Worse yet, Bronwyn has lost touch with herself and with the music that was once a part of her. With death stalking her family, will she ever again join in the song of her people, and let it lift her onto the night winds?

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 249.47g
  • 18 Oct 2011
  • Tor Books
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0765327449
  • 9780765327444
  • 357,848

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ALEX BLEDSOE grew up in West Tennessee, but now lives in Wisconsin.

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Praise for "The Hum and the Shiver" "Imagine a book somewhere between "American Gods" and Faulkner. In brief: a good book. Absolutely worth your time."--Patrick Rothfuss, "New York Times" bestselling author "As raw and bewitching as the music and magic that fuel it. I loved this book for many reasons--the bone-deep mystery, the setting, the music, and the harsh beauty of its characters. It gives a new meaning to "well played.""--Rachel Caine, "New York Times "bestselling author"""Haunting . . . A rustic version of 'urban fantasy, ' with its suggestion that there's mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town facade."--"Wall Street Journal ""With a deep love for the mountains embedded in his language, Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced throughout with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. Elegantly told."--"Library Journal," ""starred review"This powerful, character-driven drama, set forth in superbly lucid prose, occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everyone compulsively turning the pages. A sheer delight."--"Kirkus Reviews, " starred review"Bledsoe's rich, nearly poetic prose . . . captured me at page one and didn't let me go to the end. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, this is a book you need to add to your list today. There are secrets ancient and wild waiting for you to discover, and I enjoyed every minute."-"Seattle Post-Intelligencer ""Bledsoe turns standard urban fantasy tropes on their head. . . . The slowly unfolding mystery of the Tufa is a fascinating and absorbing masterpiece of world-building."--"Publishers Weekly"

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