The Hum and the Shiver
A Novel of the Tufa
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Named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe is an enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills. . . .
No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Enigmatic and suspicious of outsiders, the Tufa live quiet lives in the hills and valleys of Cloud County. While their origins may be a mystery, there are hints of their true nature buried in the songs they have passed down for generations.
Bronwyn Hyatt, a pure-blood Tufa, has always insisting on doing things her own way, regardless of the consequences. Even though Tufa rarely leave Cloud County, she enlisted in the Army to escape the pressures of Tufa life—her family, her obligations as a First Daughter, and her dangerous ex-boyfriend. But after barely surviving a devastating ambush that killed most of her fellow soldiers, Private Hyatt returns to Cloud County wounded in body and in spirit. But danger lurks in the mountains and hollows of her childhood home. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, and a restless "haint" lurks nearby, waiting to reveal Bronwyn's darkest secrets. Worst of all, Bronwyn has lost touch with the music that was once a vital part of her identity.
Now Bronwyn finds the greatest battle to be right here at home, where her obligations struggle with her need for freedom, and if she makes the wrong choice, the consequences could be deadly for all the Tufa. . . .
"A sheer delight."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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My daughter gave me this book for Christmas. I really enjoyed reading it. It was well written, and it kept me guessing all the way through. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.
I couldn't put this one down - a book I could re-read in a year and still enjoy just as much. Definitely adding this one to my permanent collection.
I can almost hear the night wind...
Bledsoe makes his characters come alive by making them true to life. If you've ever been in the Appalachia Mts, this story will remind you of a place where Christmas lights stay up all year, the lush greenery is vibrant and decaying, creeks are muddy and every yard has rusting junk, lawn ornaments, or both. His people are neither all good or all bad, but a realistic mix of traits, abilities and circumstances that breeds hope and shows potential. I particularly liked the idea of music as a genetic identifier and tool, with songs of power and the healing strength of family. A great read!