Alex Bledsoe

The Hum and the Shiver

Named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews.


No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the mountains of East Tennessee.  When the first Europeans came to the Smoky Mountains, the Tufa were already there.  Dark-haired and enigmatic, they live quietly in the hills and valleys of Cloud County, their origins lost to history.  But there are clues in their music, hidden in the songs they have passed down for generations….

Private Bronwyn Hyatt, a true daughter of the Tufa, has returned from Iraq wounded in body and spirit.  But her troubles are far from over.  Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, while a restless “haint” has followed her home from the war.  Worse yet, Bronwyn has lost touch with herself and with the music that was once a part of her.  With death stalking her family, will she ever again join in the song of her people, and let it lift her onto the night winds?

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Praise for The Hum and the Shiver
Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly
The slowly unfolding mystery of the Tufa is a fascinating and absorbing masterpiece of world-building.
Kirkus Reviews Kirkus Reviews
This powerful, character-driven drama, set forth in superbly lucid prose, occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everybody compulsively turning the pages.  A sheer delight.
Library Journal Library Journal
With a deep love for the mountains embedded in his language, the author of the Eddie LaCrosse fantasy detective series (Burn Me Deadly) crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced throughout with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. Elegantly told.
Wall Street Journal Wall Street Journal
A rustic version of ‘urban fantasy,’ with its suggestion that there’s mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town façade.
Patrick Rothfuss, NYT bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss, NYT bestselling author
Imagine a book somewhere between ‘American Gods’ and Faulkner. Not the bullshit ‘The Sound and the Fury’ Faulkner, I’m talking about one of his good, solid short stories…In brief: a good book. Absolutely worth your time. 
Locus Locus
A strong tale whose heroine is just one of several major characters forced to (re)discover their own essential strangeness, and to put it to use in troubling situations.