Alex Bledsoe

Wisp of a Thing

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Alex Bledsoe’s The Hum and the Shiver was named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews.  Now Bledsoe returns to the isolated ridges and hollows of the Smokey Mountains to spin an equally enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills . . . .

Wisp_comp_revTouched by a very public tragedy, musician Rob Quillen comes to Cloud County, Tennessee in search of a song, said to be carved in stone, that might ease his aching heart.  All he knows of the mysterious and reclusive Tufa is what he has read on the internet: that 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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Praise for Wisp of a Thing
Seanan McGuire, NYT bestselling author Seanan McGuire, NYT bestselling author
 
Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways, Wisp of a Thing fulfills and expands upon the promise of The Hum and The Shiver.
Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly
 
Set in the same world as The Hum and the Shiver, this stand-alone novel feels more heartfelt and is written with a lighter touch, fulfilling all of the first book’s early promise and hitting the sweet spot between glossy and gritty. 
Kirkus (Starred Review) Kirkus (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.
Booklist Booklist
 
Bledsoe relies on the slow accumulation of tantalizing hints to give the reader a sense of something going on in the space between the words on the page. A chilling mix of fantasy, realism, and a touch of horror.
Lisa Germano, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Lisa Germano, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter
 
I loved it…read right through it and didn’t like to put it down.