The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart
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The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart

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Meet Trenchmouth Taggart, a man born and orphaned in 1903, a man nicknamed for his lifelong oral affliction. His boyhood is shaped by the Widow Dorsett, a strong mountain woman who teaches him to hunt and to survive the taunts of others. In the hills of southern West Virginia, a boy grows up fast. Trenchmouth sips moonshine, handles snakes, pleases women, and masters the rifle--a skill that lands him in the middle of the West Virginia coal wars. A teenaged union sniper, Trenchmouth is exiled to the back-woods of Appalachia's foothills, where he spends his years running from the past. But trouble will sniff a man down, and an outlaw will eventually run home. Here Trenchmouth Taggart's story, like the best ballads, etches its mark deep upon the memory.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • Ecco Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061922978
  • 9780061922978
  • 554,765

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"A stunning, fully realized, unique and ambitious book that proves there's still passion, fire and brilliance in the American novel."--Houston Chronicle
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919 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
5 31% (287)
4 42% (383)
3 21% (189)
2 5% (45)
1 2% (15)
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