Black Mountain Breakdown

Black Mountain Breakdown

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by Lee Smith
     
 

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Crystal Spangler lives in rural Appalachia. She's the apple of her mother's eye -- not yet beautiful, but she will be. She's the most popular girl at Black Rock High. She makes cheerleader, gets good grades, and is elected beauty queen. Crystal discovers God, goes to college, and falls in love. When she comes home, she's disheveled and confused. Crystal becomes a…  See more details below

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Crystal Spangler lives in rural Appalachia. She's the apple of her mother's eye -- not yet beautiful, but she will be. She's the most popular girl at Black Rock High. She makes cheerleader, gets good grades, and is elected beauty queen. Crystal discovers God, goes to college, and falls in love. When she comes home, she's disheveled and confused. Crystal becomes a wealthy politician's wife. But there's something calling her, drawing her back to where it all began, in the shadow of Black Mountain . . .


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Editorial Reviews

Roy Blount
"The closest thing to reading this would be reading Madame Bovary while listening to Loretta Lynn."
Annie Dillard
"Black Mountain Breakdown is like a country song. It is true and real; it is loving and sad."
-Roy Blount
"The closest thing to reading this would be reading Madame Bovary while listening to Loretta Lynn."
-Annie Dillard
"Black Mountain Breakdown is like a country song. It is true and real; it is loving and sad."
From the Publisher
"The closest thing to reading this would be reading Madame Bovary while listening to Loretta Lynn." — Roy Blount, Jr.

"Black Mountain Breakdown is like a country song. It is true and real; it is loving and sad." — Annie Dillard

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345301253
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/12/1981

What People are saying about this

Mary Lee Settle
Black Mountain Breakdown is like a country song. It is true and real; it is loving and sad.
Annie Dillard
Black Mountain Breakdown is like a country song. It is true and real; it is loving and sad.
Anne Tyler
The closest thing to reading this would be reading Madame Bovary while listening to Loretta Lynn.

Meet the Author

Lee Smith is the author of The Last Girls, Oral History, Fair and Tender Ladies, and other novels, and a recent story collection, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger. She has won the O. Henry Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

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