Christy

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Overview

In the year 1912, nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains ? and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.

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Overview

In the year 1912, nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains — and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.

And don't miss another heart-soaring bestseller from Catherine Marshall: Julie

An adaptation of the 1967 novel chronicling the experiences of a young woman after she arrives to teach school in a small town in the Great Smoky Mountains in 1912.

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Editorial Reviews

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“A novel of celebration…wholesome, inspiring…Enjoyable reading.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“A powerfully moving book of great depth.”
Boston Globe
“An inspiring story. With skill, Catherine Marshall has described human qualities common to all people everywhere.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“It has something that keeps the reader reading…Relevant and heart-opening…Rich, dramatic.”
Dallas Times Herald
“Wonderful...an epic novel”.
Pasadena Star News
“Deeply moving...filled with suspense adventure, humor, and even comedy.”
Pasadena Star News
Deeply moving. . . filled with suspense adventure, humor, and even comedy.
Dallas Times Herald
Wonderful. . . an epic novel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380001415
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/1976
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 109,847
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Johnson City, Tennessee, the daughter of Minister John Ambrose Wood and his wife Leonora, Catherine Marshall was married to Presbyterian minister and Chaplain of the U.S. Senate Peter Marshall. After her husband's death, she wrote his biography, A Man Called Peter, a book that enjoyed tremendous success and became a major motion picture. She followed with numerous devotional books and three novels, two of which — Christy and Julie — became national bestsellers. Christy was also made into an extremely popular television series. Catherine Marshall died in 1983, but the popularity of her inspirational writings continues.

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CHAPTER ONE

Only my father saw me to the Asheville station that Sunday morning in 1912. Mother had gotten up early to fix us a hot breakfast. It was one of those moments that would be as sharp and real in my mind years later as it was that January morning: that particular look of love and longing in mother's eyes; the smell of the starch in her crisp white apron; the hissing of the pine resin in the big iron stove; the lake of melted butter in the steaming mound of hominy grits on my plate.

Then father had called from the front room, "Time to start!" And my brother George, hearing the announcement, had stumbled out of bed and down the stairs to the landing, where he had stood leaning sleepily on the banister, tousled hair in his eyes, to tell me good-bye.

"Have to go," father repeated from the doorway. "The engine's running. I had a time cranking the car in this cold."

In the gray light before dawn, the railroad station had a wraithlike look. I saw with a strange leap of heart that the train was going to be pulled by Old Buncombe, a favorite engine on the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia Railroad. The engine was painted green with gold trim and lettering and there were big brass ornaments on its headlight. The billows of smoke pouring out of Old Buncombe's smokestack looked blacker than usual against the background of new-fallen snow. As father carried my bag on down the platform, he was trying to be jovial, teasing me as if I were nine and not nineteen. He still considered me too young to go off alone, especially on a wild adventure like teaching school in a mountain cove of which no member of our family nor anyone in Asheville, as far as he could discover, had ever seen or even heard.

I had battled long and hard with him and mother for the chance to do this. All of us Huddlestons have a stubborn streak, no doubt inherited from our Scottish ancestors. How well I knew that it was this quality in father that had earned him so many business successes. And yet this time it was I, not he, who had gotten my way.

But walking along the platform that January morning, the elation I felt at this victory over my parents struggled with other feelings. Father was too heavy now with iron-gray hair. Tenderness for him welled up in me. Impulsively I stuck my right hand into the pocket of his overcoat.

"My hand's cold," I said as if a childish gesture needed an explanation--but he knew. His left hand covered mine in the coat pocket.

"Girlie," he asked suddenly (that was what he always called me at sentimental moments), "do you really think you have enough money to get you through till payday?"

"Plenty, father. Yes--thanks."

"Well, twenty-five dollars a month isn't going to go far." His voice was gruff with emotion.

"Probably for the first time in my life there won't be any temptation to spend money. It will be good for me." I was trying to sound gay. "Right in line with your ideas, father. For all I know there may not be a single store in Cutter Gap."

Then we were mounting the steps to the train. I was to ride the coach, for it was only a six-hour trip. There was that certain smell of coal dust that railroad cars had: grime in every crevice and in the corners of the window ledges, brass spittoons, a potbellied stove in the rear, sacks of grain and produce piled toward the back, a lot of people. I marveled that so many would get up to catch a train at six-thirty in the morning.

Father found me an empty place and I sank down on the scratchy red plush seat, with my suitcase on the floor beside me. The whistle blew shrilly. Father reached out for me; the tweed of his big coat was rough against my face. "Don't forget now--soon as you get there, write us. Want to know you've arrived safely." Trying to be playful, he pinched my cheek--and was gone.

I saw father standing on the platform talking to the old conductor. Once he pointed in my direction, so I knew from long experience what he was saying. "My daughter's in there. Take care of my girl." It was embarrassing. After all, I was too old to want father to do this, too young to be flattered.

Then the conductor was waving his arms and shouting, "All a-boarrrd!" He mounted the steps and noisily clicked the guardrail shut. Old Buncombe sputtered and wheezed with the familiar chuff... chuff ... chuff. Our car jerked forward, the one behind slamming into us. The door at the front of the coach swung crazily, but finally the jerking and the bumping smoothed out and the telephone poles were sliding past.

Across the aisle a country woman with a red-faced squalling baby jiggled the child up and down, back and forth, on her ample lap. Then when the crying did not stop, she opened up her shirtwaist to let the infant nurse. The man in front of me was lighting up a pipe filled with home-grown tobacco that stung my throat and made my eyes water.

After Budford, North Carolina, the conductor began moving down the aisle gathering tickets. The old man's blue serge suit was shiny at the elbows and knees. I fervently hoped that he would not mortify me before the other passengers by telling me that he would take good care of me, so I turned pointedly toward the window and pretended to look at the white fields and rising hills. What I actually saw reflected in the window glass was a figure so slender that it should have belonged to a much younger girl. I threw back my shoulders and took a deep breath, trying to fill out my new fawn-colored coatsuit a little better. The blue eyes beneath the piled-up dark hair stared back at me quizzically.

"Ticket, please. You're Christy Huddleston, aren't you?"

I nodded, hoping that if I managed the proper dignified expression he would notice that I was simply another adult passenger. After all, this was not my first train trip, not by any means. The past year and a half at Flora College in Red Springs I had taken the train both ways, a trip of three hours, and once I had taken the sleeper to my aunt's home in Charleston on the coast. But this worldly experience seemed lost on the conductor.

"I'm Javis MacDonald," he went on. "I've known your father a long time." He punched my ticket, handed it back. "So you're bound for El Pano, young lady. Your father said you were going to teach school. In El Pano?"

"No--in a new school--seven miles or so behind El Pano, back in Cutter Gap."

Mr. MacDonald rubbed his chin whiskers reflectively. His eyes took on a wary look. He seemed about to speak, thought better of it, but then finally said impulsively, "That Cutter Gap is right rough country. Only last week followin' a turkey shootin' match, one man got tired of shootin' turkeys and shot another man in the back. Well--probably I oughten to be tellin' you, but you'll be hearin' the likes soon enough."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    Every Young Woman will LOVE This Book!

    I was given a copy of Christy when I visited my grandmother when I was about 10 years old. Since then I have owned four different paperback copies and have read and reread each one so many times the covers have fallen off! The story is inspiring featuring love, adventure, heartbreak and drama all set in the brutal back drop of turn of the century Appalachian Mountains. The story's main heroine Christy is voluntarily but unwittingly plucked from her very sheltered life in city and put into what is still one of the most rural areas of America. Marshall's telling of the story through Christy offers a wonderful window into the rough, raw yet beautiful and soulful life in the 'hills'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    A Keeper - very inspiring

    I love this book and have read it numerous times over the years - definitely a keeper.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008

    the reviewer

    Wow, this book turned out to be the total opposite of what I thought it would have been. It was a romance, mystery, and Christion-based novel and I enjoyed every page!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    awesome

    I loved this book. I had to read it for summer reading going into the 8th grade, and I thought it was going to be boring. It turned out to be exactly the opposite. This book mixes mystery with romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

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    I bought my copy of Christy when they announced that it was goin

    I bought my copy of Christy when they announced that it was going to be a TV movie. I was in awe and inspired by Christy and her wiliness to give up all that she's known to teach these mountain children (and families). I plan on reading this book to my daughters in a few years as I know they too will enjoy the setting, characters and the passion of Christy and the children. A MUST read!

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

    This was a really enjoyable book, and I feel like I learned quit

    This was a really enjoyable book, and I feel like I learned quite a bit about the culture of some of the mountain people of that time period. Their theories and practices were fascinating. I enjoyed how the narrator confronted her fears and grew within the book. She comes to work at a church mission so Christianity is prevalent throughout without being pushy. I am not so sure how I feel about the ending though.
    It was even greater knowing that it was based not only on a true story, but on the experiences of the author's own mother.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    A Classic Everyone Should Read!

    I'm reviewing lots of classic books that I've read, and this one I reccomend hightly! It's very good for girls (or even boys) 12 or over. Christy is a christian book and teaches good values, but it has plenty of excitment. Romance, adventure, hardship, lessons: It has lots of everything! (Read more of my reviews)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    Disappointed!!!!

    Before I chose Christy as the next book to read, I read the reviews from this website. I finally decided on this book since it had wonderful customer reviews. I was very disappointed in the book. It had a good message to it, but it was not interesting. I found myself bored with the book and almost quit reading it. I would not recommend Christy.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    An inspiring Novel that touched my heart

    Anne or Green Gables I have read, along with little Women. I have read some of the little house on the prarie. When I was assigned to read this book for school I thought it was going to be some dumb western book I would aganize over reading and my mom would have to get after me everyday to finish it. But this was not the case. I loved it. It was so inspiring to a young Christian girl. Even to girls who are not Christain, I think it would still find a way into their heart becasue of the love and emotions attached to every sentence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2005

    You'll be swept back in time!

    A must read for all young women. I first read this book a couple years ago and recently found it and had to read it again. You won't be able to put this one down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    Absolutely Fabulous!

    'Christy' should be read by every girl. It is a wonderful read in which I think almost every young woman can somehow relate to Christy. This book will make you laugh, cry, and smile. It has a rewarding ending, and everyone comes to love Christy's mentor, Alice, who has a passion for God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2005

    This Book is Awesome!!!!

    This book is soooo great! If you like historic fiction mixed with a little romance it is super!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2005

    Wow

    There's a reason this book has lasted several decades! It's exciting and hard to put down. There's just a bit of mystery, heartache, and romance. It was only slightly predictable at times; in fact, I thought I knew who she was going to end up with (and I couldn't stand him!) and then in a twist, it turned out to be someone else. It was truly inspiring. One character is a very wise woman who is full of lessons for Christy about Christ and life in general. While I read the book, I learned much from her as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2004

    A Classic

    Really long, but worth your while, this story will enchant you to come and experience life in a new way. I first read it in the eight grade, and my copy is getting a little tattered. Don't get bogged down in all the details and relations, this is a 'big picture' book. And what is the big picture? I wouldn't want to spoil the ending. But make sure you have tissues handy, because it has a habit of playing with emotions and is sure to bring tears to your eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    AWESOME BOOK

    this is an awesome book. i was a little disappointed about who christy picked to marry but its a great book. it moved me. i couldnt put the book down. i dont know anyone that doesnt love this book.... READ IT Y'ALL its awesome and truthful. GOD BLESS AND BE WITH OUR TROUPS IN IRAG...GOD BLESS THEM AND THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY...freedom doesnt come FREE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    the story I keep coming back to

    I read Christy when I was in fourth grade. Even so young, I think enough of my personality had formed to enable me to recognize myself in her. I had the same relentless desire to fight injustice, and, like Christy, I sometimes went about it the wrong way (such as arguing with my teachers, parents, and principals:)). Fervor is difficult to reason with. I am now nineteen years old, the same age as Christy was when she left Ashville. I have recently picked up the book and reread it, and I am astonished to find all my feelings and thoughts perfectly mirrored in those incredible pages. True, I am not a teacher in the Smoky Mountains. Instead, I am a philosophy major attending college. But the story always seemed to me to be about the elemental feelings and changes in Christy, not merely about what happened to her. Millions of different circumstances play out in the millions of different lives every day. But there is unity in humankind's response to a situation. My best friend has never died, but I've known sorrow. I don't battle moonshiners, but I've known struggles. I've never seen the Smoky Mountains in the morning, but I've known joy. I've never sewn buttons onto a little girl's coat, but I've known growth. When I read Christy, I don't focus on the events that changed her. I find my greatest bond to the book to be those very human feelings Christy experiences, those very human feelings that we all share. All the emotions I experience when taking in the events of my life, I find echoed back to me through Christy. And that is why it is the story I will always return to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2004

    Its the Best

    I had to find a book to read then take a test on it for a book report and at first I didn't think it was going to be good and after I read the 1st chapter I couldn't put it done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    The Greatest book Ever!!!

    I'm only 10 almost 11 and this book kept me on my toes. After the 1st chapter you just can't put down the book. It's suspenseful, exciting, and at times you least expect it something outta wack happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    Christy Rocks!

    I am only 11 and this book was the most challenging yet enjoyable book I have ever read. All the characters in this book have some of their own secrets, and at the time you least expect it, something so suprising will come into view. Believe me, this book is a book you must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2003

    A Great Read

    i am only 14 and some people would probably think this book is at a much higher level than i should read but it wasnt. Its about a girl finding herself in a place that isnt friendly. I definitely recommend it to everyone.

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