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Wisp of a Thing

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Touched by a very public tragedy, musician Rob Quillen comes to Cloud County, Tennessee, in search of a song that might ease his aching heart. All he knows of the mysterious and reclusive Tufa is what he has read on the Internet: They are an enigmatic clan of swarthy, black-haired mountain people whose historical roots are lost in myth and controversy. Some people say that when the first white settlers came to the Appalachians centuries ago, they found the Tufa already there. Others hint that Tufa blood brings special gifts. Rob finds both music and mystery in the mountains. Close-lipped locals guard their secrets, even as Rob gets caught up in a subtle power struggle he can't begin to comprehend. A vacationing wife goes missing, raising suspicions of foul play, and a strange feral girl runs wild in the woods, howling in the night like a lost spirit. Change is coming to Cloud County, and only the night wind knows what part Rob will play when the last leaf falls from the Widow's Tree...and a timeless curse must be broken at last.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 27.94mm | 340.19g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765376938
  • 9780765376930
  • 2,259,921

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""Captures the allure and the sometimes sinister beauty of the Appalachian backwoods, filled with myths, haunted by ghosts, and touched, always, by death." Praise for "The Hum and the Shiver: " Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways.--Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author -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-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-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, on The Hum and the Shiver "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"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"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, on The Hum and the Shiver 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 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 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, on The Hum and the Shiver" 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" 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" 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, on The Hum and the Shiver"" "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 reviewPraise 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 on "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 review "This beautifully handled drama of Appalachian music and magic 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""Bledsoe brings a real warmth and a messy humanity to his modern-day fairy story, with strong characterization and a passionate love of music."--"Publishers Weekly "on "Wisp of a Thing""A chilling mix of fantasy, realism, and a touch of horror.""--Booklist" on "Wisp of a Thing""Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways.""--"Seanan McGuire, "New York Times" bestselling author of" Ashes of Honor" on "Wisp of a Thing""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 of "Two Weeks' Notice "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" for "The Hum and the Shiver""Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways.""--"Seanan McGuire, "New York Times" bestselling author of" Ashes of Honor""Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced with the music and beliefs of a magical reality." --"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 "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"
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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
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1,309 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 32% (417)
4 46% (597)
3 18% (238)
2 4% (46)
1 1% (11)
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