Black Mountain Breakdown

Black Mountain Breakdown

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 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425243381
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 626,186
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lee Smith was born in Grundy, VA. She is author of many novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Last Girls, and most recently Guests On Earth. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

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Mary Lee Settle

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.

Annie Dillard

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

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Black Mountain Breakdown 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Black Mountain Breakdown is Lee Smith’s story of a family in the Appalachian Mountains. The protagnoist is Crystal Spangler, a good-hearted and vulnerable soul who starts out with so much promise. But how will her story end? I know people who were disappointed in the ending, but to me, it is authentic. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always give us neat, tied-up endings. Lee Smith is great at devloping characters that we care about deeply. She also excels at melding mountain history and culture naturally into the story, without sounding like she is writing a research paper. Yet there was obviously a good deal of research for this book. I highly recommend it.
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.