Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad Novels
Through the Ballad Novels, McCrumb celebrates her ancestors and the land of the mountain South, crafting a story rich with tradition and the true character and spirit of that breathtaking region. The novels are listed in order most recently published.
   
Now from the pen of the award-winning Appalachian writer comes the true story behind the most famous mountain ballad of all: the legend of Tom Dula. The Ballad of Tom Dooley brings to life the star-crossed lovers of this mountain tragedy.
   
The Devil Among the Lawyers When a pretty young schoolteacher is charged with murder in 1930's Appalachia, the national press use it as an excuse to sell papers - and to demonize the region, raising social issues that go well beyond the fate of one defendant.
   
"Some wars don't end when the generals shake hands and go home." -- Malinda Blalock, from Ghost Riders
   
Trace one American family from the Revolutionary War to the present by following an English ballad as it is handed down through the generations.
   
On July 12, 1833, Frankie Silver became the first woman in the state of North Carolina to be hanged for murder. Burgess Gaither, the 1832 Clerk of the Court for Burke County, narrates the story from her arrest to her execution. As he began to understand the true nature of events, he wonders if there is such a thing as equal justice under the law.
   
"Dying cost nothing and could be done alone; otherwise, Randall Stargill might have lived forever."
   
"Don't shoot! It might be Harm!" say the new bumper stickers in east Tennessee. Hiram (pronounced in mountain dialect Harm) Sorley is the focus of a manhunt involving most of the area's law enforcement officers. There's just one problem: nobody wants him caught.
   
The first stirrings of The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter were a series of images that bobbed up out of my subconscious...
   
"I wonder who lives in that house," I thought for the hundredeth time.

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