Long Black Curl

Long Black Curl

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In all the time the Tufa have existed, only two have ever been exiled: Bo-Kate Wisby and her lover, Jefferson Powell. They were cast out, stripped of their ability to make music, and cursed to never be able to find their way back to Needsville. Their crime? A love that crossed the boundary of the two Tufa tribes, resulting in the death of several people. Somehow, Bo-Kate has found her way back. She intends to take over both tribes, which means eliminating both Rockhouse Hicks and Mandalay Harris. Bo-Kate has a secret weapon: Byron Harley, a rockabilly singer known as the "Hillbilly Hercules" for his immense size and strength, and who has passed the last sixty years trapped in a bubble of faery time. He's ready to take revenge on any Tufa he finds. The only one who can stop Bo-Kate is Jefferson Powell. Released from the curse and summoned back to Cloud County, even he isn't sure what will happen when they finally meet. Will he fall in love with her again? Will he join her in her quest to unite the Tufa under her rule? Or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the people who once banished him?show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 145 x 216 x 30mm | 499.99g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765376547
  • 9780765376541

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For "Wisp of a Thing For "The Hum and the Shiver" -Long Black Curl is an intricate and multifaceted story. It's no secret that music stirs the soul, and combining that with a folk-tale setting makes a deeply heart-rending novel. While this is third in the Tufa series, new readers will be more than able to enjoy the story, and fans will especially appreciate the progression of characters and events.- --RT Book Reviews-Reading Long Black Curl makes me so happy that there are authors writing real North American-based mythic fiction: stories that incorporate the Americas where many of us live, infusing them with their own folklore and mythology-one that sits so well it feels like it's always been a part of us.- --Charles de Lint-Long Black Curl is an emotional story full of hate, jealousy, revenge, and tragedy. It borders on horror. There is beauty, though, whenever music is present.- --Fantasy Literature-This is a horror/SF blend with humorous overtones-the rock singer, Byron Harley, is clearly a twist on 1950s star Bill Haley-and it's a lot of fun.- --Booklist on Long Black Curl-Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways. - --Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author on Wisp of a Thing-This beautifully handled drama once again comes complete with fascinating characters, a persuasive setting and intriguing complications. Bledsoe's on a roll.- --Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Wisp of a Thing-Captures the allure and the sometimes sinister beauty of the Appalachian backwoods, filled with myths, haunted by ghosts, and touched, always, by death.- --Library Journal, starred review on Wisp of a Thing-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.- --Seattle Post-Intelligencer on The Hum and the Shiver-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 of Two Weeks' Notice on The Hum and the Shiver-Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced with the music and beliefs of a magical reality.- --Library Journal, starred review on The Hum and the Shiver-It's a mixture: folk tales and folk songs, updated with a dose of Sex and the City. Or 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.- --The Wall Street Journal on The Hum and the Shiver-This powerful, character-driven drama occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everybody compulsively turning the pages.- --Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Hum and the Shiver "Long Black Curl is an intricate and multifaceted story. It's no secret that music stirs the soul, and combining that with a folk-tale setting makes a deeply heart-rending novel. While this is third in the Tufa series, new readers will be more than able to enjoy the story, and fans will especially appreciate the progression of characters and events." --RT Book Reviews"Reading Long Black Curl makes me so happy that there are authors writing real North American-based mythic fiction: stories that incorporate the Americas where many of us live, infusing them with their own folklore and mythology-one that sits so well it feels like it's always been a part of us." --Charles de Lint"Long Black Curl is an emotional story full of hate, jealousy, revenge, and tragedy. It borders on horror. There is beauty, though, whenever music is present." --Fantasy Literature"This is a horror/SF blend with humorous overtones-the rock singer, Byron Harley, is clearly a twist on 1950s star Bill Haley-and it's a lot of fun." --Booklist on Long Black Curl"Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways. " --Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author on Wisp of a Thing"This beautifully handled drama once again comes complete with fascinating characters, a persuasive setting and intriguing complications. Bledsoe's on a roll." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Wisp of a Thing"Captures the allure and the sometimes sinister beauty of the Appalachian backwoods, filled with myths, haunted by ghosts, and touched, always, by death." --Library Journal, starred review on Wisp of a Thing"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." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer on The Hum and the Shiver"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 of Two Weeks' Notice on The Hum and the Shiver"Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced with the music and beliefs of a magical reality." --Library Journal, starred review on The Hum and the Shiver"It's a mixture: folk tales and folk songs, updated with a dose of Sex and the City. Or 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." --The Wall Street Journal on The Hum and the Shiver"This powerful, character-driven drama occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everybody compulsively turning the pages." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Hum and the Shiver Long Black Curl is an intricate and multifaceted story. It's no secret that music stirs the soul, and combining that with a folk-tale setting makes a deeply heart-rending novel. While this is third in the Tufa series, new readers will be more than able to enjoy the story, and fans will especially appreciate the progression of characters and events. RT Book Reviews Reading Long Black Curl makes me so happy that there are authors writing real North American-based mythic fiction: stories that incorporate the Americas where many of us live, infusing them with their own folklore and mythology-one that sits so well it feels like it's always been a part of us. Charles de Lint Long Black Curl is an emotional story full of hate, jealousy, revenge, and tragedy. It borders on horror. There is beauty, though, whenever music is present. Fantasy Literature This is a horror/SF blend with humorous overtones-the rock singer, Byron Harley, is clearly a twist on 1950s star Bill Haley-and it's a lot of fun. Booklist on Long Black Curl Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways. Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author on Wisp of a Thing This beautifully handled drama once again comes complete with fascinating characters, a persuasive setting and intriguing complications. Bledsoe's on a roll. Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Wisp of a Thing Captures the allure and the sometimes sinister beauty of the Appalachian backwoods, filled with myths, haunted by ghosts, and touched, always, by death. Library Journal, starred review on Wisp of a Thing 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. Seattle Post-Intelligencer on The Hum and the Shiver 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 of Two Weeks' Notice on The Hum and the Shiver Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. Library Journal, starred review on The Hum and the Shiver It's a mixture: folk tales and folk songs, updated with a dose of Sex and the City. Or 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. The Wall Street Journal on The Hum and the Shiver This powerful, character-driven drama occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everybody compulsively turning the pages. Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Hum and the Shiver" "Long Black Curl" is an intricate and multifaceted story. It's no secret that music stirs the soul, and combining that with a folk-tale setting makes a deeply heart-rending novel. While this is third in the Tufa series, new readers will be more than able to enjoy the story, and fans will especially appreciate the progression of characters and events. "RT Book Reviews" Reading "Long Black Curl" makes me so happy that there are authors writing real North American-based mythic fiction: stories that incorporate the Americas where many of us live, infusing them with their own folklore and mythology-one that sits so well it feels like it's always been a part of us. "Charles de Lint" "Long Black Curl" is an emotional story full of hate, jealousy, revenge, and tragedy. It borders on horror. There is beauty, though, whenever music is present. "Fantasy Literature" This is a horror/SF blend with humorous overtones-the rock singer, Byron Harley, is clearly a twist on 1950s star Bill Haley-and it's a lot of fun. "Booklist on Long Black Curl" Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways. "Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author on Wisp of a Thing" This beautifully handled drama once again comes complete with fascinating characters, a persuasive setting and intriguing complications. Bledsoe's on a roll. "Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Wisp of a Thing" Captures the allure and the sometimes sinister beauty of the Appalachian backwoods, filled with myths, haunted by ghosts, and touched, always, by death. "Library Journal, starred review on Wisp of a Thing" 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. "Seattle Post-Intelligencer on The Hum and the Shiver" 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 of Two Weeks' Notice on The Hum and the Shiver" Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. "Library Journal, starred review on The Hum and the Shiver" It's a mixture: folk tales and folk songs, updated with a dose of "Sex and the City." Or 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. "The Wall Street Journal on The Hum and the Shiver" This powerful, character-driven drama occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everybody compulsively turning the pages. "Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Hum and the Shiver"" For "Wisp of a Thing ""Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways." "--"Seanan McGuire, "New York Times" bestselling author "This beautifully handled drama once again comes complete with fascinating characters, a persuasive setting and intriguing complications. Bledsoe's on a roll." --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review "Captures the allure and the sometimes sinister beauty of the Appalachian backwoods, filled with myths, haunted by ghosts, and touched, always, by death." "--Library Journal, " starred review For "The Hum and the Shiver""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." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer "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 of "Two Weeks' Notice " "Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced with the music and beliefs of a magical reality." --"Library Journal," ""starred review"It's a mixture: folk tales and folk songs, updated with a dose of "Sex and the City." Or 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." --"The Wall Street Journal""""This powerful, character-driven drama occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everybody compulsively turning the pages." --"Kirkus Reviews, " starred reviewshow more

About Alex Bledsoe

ALEX BLEDSOE is the critically-acclaimed author of the Tufa novels The Hum and the Shiver, Wisp of a Thing, Long Black Curl, Chapel of Ease, and Gather Her Round as well as the Eddie LaCrosse series: The Sword-Edged Blonde, Dark Jenny, Burn Me Deadly, and He Drank, and Saw the Spider.show more

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