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 . . . .
Touched 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.
Hear the songs of the Tufa!
Follow this link to 8tracks.com and listen for free to a list of hand-picked Tufa songs. Includes songs referenced in the novels.
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