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Over the Plain Houses

Over the Plain Houses

Current price: $16.00
Publication Date: September 19th, 2017
Publisher:
Hub City Press
ISBN:
9781938235344
Pages:
280
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Description

"A spellbinding story of witchcraft and disobedience." - NPR


An NPR 2016 Best Book
Winner of the Thomas Wolfe Award
Winner of the Southern Book Prize
Winner of Georgia Author of the Year in Literary Fiction
Winner of 2017 IPPY Gold in Literary Fiction
Winner of the 2018 Townsend Prize for Best Georgia Fiction
A 2016 Indie Next pick
A Chicago Review of Books Best Fiction of 2016
An Atlanta Journal Constitution Best Southern Books of 2016
A Bustle Great Appalachian Novel

It's 1939, and the federal government has sent USDA agent Virginia Furman into the North Carolina mountains to instruct families on modernizing their homes and farms. There she meets farm wife Irenie Lambey, who is immediately drawn to the lady agent's self-possession. Already, cracks are emerging in Irenie's fragile marriage to Brodis, an ex-logger turned fundamentalist preacher: She has taken to night ramblings through the woods to escape her husband's bed, storing strange keepsakes in a mountain cavern. To Brodis, these are all the signs that Irenie--tiptoeing through the dark in her billowing white nightshirt--is practicing black magic.

When Irenie slips back into bed with a kind of supernatural stealth, Brodis senses that a certain evil has entered his life, linked to the lady agent, or perhaps to other, more sinister forces.

Working in the stylistic terrain of Amy Greene and Bonnie Jo Campbell, this award-winning debut by Julia Franks is the story of a woman intrigued by the possibility of change, escape, and reproductive choice--stalked by a Bible-haunted man who fears his government and stakes his integrity upon an older way of life. As Brodis chases his demons, he brings about a final act of violence that shakes the entire valley. In this spellbinding Southern story, Franks bares the myths and mysteries that modernity can't quite dispel.

About the Author

Julia Franks has roots in the Appalachian Mountains and has spent years kayaking the rivers and creeks of Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia. She lives in Atlanta, where she teaches literature and runs loosecanon.com, a web service that fosters free-choice reading in the classroom.