The Songcatcher - Ballad, Bk 6 Author:Sharyn McCrumb Folksinger Lark McCourry is haunted by the memory of a song. As a child she heard it from her relatives in the North Carolina mountains, and she knows that the song has been in her family since 1759, when her ancestor, nine-year-old Malcolm MacQuarry, kidnapped from the Scottish island of Islay, learned it aboard an English ship. The song accomp... more »anied young Malcolm when he made his way to Morristown, New Jersey, where he apprenticed with an attorney, became a lawyer himself, and fought in the American Revolution. The song went with Malcolm in 1790, when he left his family and traveled the Wilderness Road to homestead in western North Carolina, where he remarried and raised a second family.
The song, passed down through the generations, carries Malcolm's descendants through the settling of the frontier, the Civil War, the coming of the railroads, and into modern times, providing both solace in the present and a link to the past. Over the years, though, the memory of the old song has dimmed and Lark McCourry's only hope of preserving her family legacy lies in mountain wisewoman Nora Bonesteel, who talks to both the living and the dead. Capturing the enduring beauty of the Appalachian mountains where she sets her novels, Sharyn McCrumb returns with a beautifully written, historically accurate tale of a song's passage through history-from the 1700s to the present, from the shores of Scotland to western North Carolina...where a folksinger longs to rediscover its haunting tune.
"Quite charming." (Los Angeles Times)
"Once again McCrumb has earned her place among the ranks of America's top storytellers. (Tampa Tribune)
"Intriguing...suspenseful." (Orlando Sentinel)
"McCrumb writes with quiet fire and maybe a little mountain magic." (New York Times Book Review)« less
One of McCrumb's great Appalachian novels. This one is the sixth in the series. It's better (although not necessary)to read the entire series in order, as her characters evolve throughout the series. She's a really great author.
This is an excellent book for those who love mysteries and southern stories. Sharyn McCrumb includes the "mountain" culture in this true-to-life story about southerners that are cultured and intellegent. I resent anything that attempts to make southerners look stupid, and McCrumb never does that!