Ghost on Black Mountain

Ghost on Black Mountain

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Nellie Clay married Hobbs Pritchard without even noticing he was a spell conjured into a man, a walking, talking ghost story. But her mama knew. She saw it in her tea leaves: death. Folks told Nellie to get off the mountain while she could, to go back home before it was too late. Hobbs wasn't nothing but trouble. He'd even killed a man. No telling what else. That mountain was haunted, and soon enough, Nellie would feel it too. One way or another, Hobbs would get what was coming to him. The ghosts would see to that. . . .

Told in the stunning voices of five women whose lives are inextricably bound when a murder takes place in rural Depression-era North Carolina, Ann Hite's unforgettable debut spans generations and conjures the best of Southern folk-lore-mystery, spirits, hoodoo, and the incomparable beauty of the Appalachian landscape.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 28mm | 297g
  • Gallery
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 1451606427
  • 9781451606423
  • 777,162

Review quote

"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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About Ann Hite

Ann Hite's debut novel, Ghost on Black Mountain, not only became a Townsend Prize Finalist but won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Her personal essays and short stories have been published in numerous national anthologies. The Storycatcher is her second Black Mountain novel. Ann is an admitted book junkie with a library of over a thousand books. She lives in Smyrna, Georgia, with her husband and daughter, where she allows her Appalachian characters to dictate their stories.
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Rating details

2,110 ratings
4 out of 5 stars
5 34% (710)
4 41% (858)
3 20% (417)
2 4% (91)
1 2% (34)

Our customer reviews

Ghost On Black Mountain was definitely one of the best books that I have read this year. I couldn't get enough of it and when I wasn't reading it, I wanted to be. From the very beginning, the story draws you in and doesn't let go even long after you've turned the last page. I don't know what I expected this book to be, but it was a million times better. I felt for this book in a way only few books can manage. Anne Hite is an absolutely beauitful, brilliant, seductive writer and she bring the Appalachia's and Nellie's ghost story to life. I felt like crying at the end of the book, but not because the book was sad. I felt like crying because I didn't want it to end. I will never, never forget this book. I will definitely be re-reading it in the more
by Rainy Days and Pajamas
This book is a wonderful blend of literary fiction and gothic suspense that will appeal to readers of Faulkner and of Poe. This novel grabbed my attention from the opening pages and I found myself drawn into the story of Nellie, Hobbs and the other inhabitants of Black Mountain. I loved the format of this piece as we hear the story from the perspective of five different women, who are all involved with Hobbs' story at one point or another. This format means that the timeline is not always linear, but that creates no problem as it is always very clear what point in the story we have reached. There was a wonderful depth to the piece and it contained interesting looks at the dynamic of several mother-daughter relationships as well as the various romantic entanglements. Add to that a suspenseful ghost story and you have an amazing piece of writing. This is one of those stories that definitely lingers in the mind long after you have put the book down and I will certainly be keen to read more from Ann Hite in the future. I received this book as a free e-book ARC from GalleyGrab (Simon and Schuster)show more
by Nicola Markus
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