Fiction or non-fiction Fiction
Genre: Adult Literature
Where did I get the book: Random House Publishing
Reason for reading: Review Copy
Olivia Harker Cross owns a strip of mountain in Pope County, Kentucky, a land where whites and blacks eke out a living in separate, tattered kingdoms and where silver-faced wolves howl in the night. But someone is killing the wolves of Big Foley Mountain—and Olivia is beginning to realize how much of her own bitter history she’s never understood: Her mother’s madness, building toward a fiery crescendo. Her daughter’s flight to California, leaving her to raise Will’m, her beloved grandson. And most of all, her town’s fear, for Olivia has real and dangerous enemies. Now this proud, lonely woman will face her mother and daughter, her neighbors and the wolf hunters of Big Foley Mountain. And when she does, she’ll ignite a conflict that will embroil an entire community—and change her own life in the most astonishing of ways.
This is a book that I would have loved to read to my Grandpa Bill. He was born and raised in Kentucky and I grew up listening to his stories all my life. One of my favorite tales that he shared with us was about running shine for his grandfather while driving a Model A truck. He was all of thirteen! He would've loved the cadence of the speech which set the tone of this book. Olivia is one of the best written characters ever!! When author Lansdale compared Walls writing to Harper Lee's, he hit the nail on the head. I was drawn into this book immediately and the pages wouldn't give up their death grip on my eyes. Every free moment found me reading . These people with their conflicts, loves, hates, pains, happiness, anger.....they came alive inside of my mind. This is a well-constructed novel with an ending that is utterly superb. This is easily one of the BEST books I've read this year, maybe ever, and I don't hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for a fantastic read!!
I leave you with one of many favorite passages:
The one great disappointment is that I have not found Pap's doctoring books. I realize now that those books have become my personal crusade. I recall watching him make notes on the pages. Maybe it's his handwriting I need most--something to tell me he was really here.
Wendy-Musings of a Bookish Kitty
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