Black Mountain Breakdown

Black Mountain Breakdown

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by Lee Smith
     
 

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls presents one of her most compelling novels, acclaimed by Anne Tyler, Annie Dillard, and more...

Everywhere about her, from the traffic on Highway 460 to the river that's gone black with coal dust, Crystal Spangler sees a current flowing from the mountain town of Black Rock into the wider

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls presents one of her most compelling novels, acclaimed by Anne Tyler, Annie Dillard, and more...

Everywhere about her, from the traffic on Highway 460 to the river that's gone black with coal dust, Crystal Spangler sees a current flowing from the mountain town of Black Rock into the wider world. As a teenager, she is elected beauty queen, gets good grades, and-despite her many enviable qualities-manages also to be well-loved. Everyone knows that she is destined to leave town and do great things.

And she does.

But no one expects her return; drawn back home by some sort of memory, as if the current that had taken her away had changed its mind...

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:
9780425243381
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
619,387
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Black Mountain Breakdown 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book takes you back in time andawakens a lot of memories
superrasc More than 1 year ago
Disappointing ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Lee smith is an outstanding writer.