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Bloodroot by Amy Greene


A dark and riveting story of the legacies—of magic and madness, faith and secrets, passion and loss—that haunt one family across the generations.

Myra Lamb is a wild girl with mysterious, haint blue eyes who grows up on remote Bloodroot Mountain. Her grandmother, Byrdie, protects her fiercely and passes down “the touch” that bewitches people and animals alike. But when John Odom tries to tame Myra, it sparks a shocking disaster, ripping lives apart.

"A fascinating look at a rural world full of love and life, and dreams and disappointment." --The Boston Globe

"If Wuthering Heights had been set in southern Appalachia, it might have taken place on Bloodroot Mountain.... Brooding, dark and beautifully imagined." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307390578
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 433,229
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Amy Greene was born and raised in the foothills of East Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, where she lives with her husband and two children. 

Amy Greene is available for select speaking engagements. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau at or visit

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Bloodroot 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
On Bloodroot Mountain in Eastern Tennessee, Byrdie Lamb raises her grandchild Myra, whose mother and father died when a train hit their vehicle while they were carousing. Byrdie loves Myra who is more a daughter to her than her daughter Myra's mom Clio ever was. She also knows Myra has the "touch" skill that runs in the family though Byrdie never displayed this ESP talent. In fact, Myra's boyfriend Doug not only realizes it, he knows he will never win her love because of it. He is proven right when she meets John Odom, son of the hardware store owner. He is also "touched" and they passionately fall in love. However his violence pushes her from his valley home back up the mountain where she raises their twins Laura and Johnny. The siblings have issues as their mom is placed in an asylum. Laura marries and has a child, but when her spouse dies his family takes away her kid. Johnny burns down his paternal side's store. The next generation seems destined to repeat the same mistakes as the previous generations on Bloodroot Mountain. This is an engaging Appalachia family drama that looks deep inside the souls of the cast with Myra being the link between five generations of mountain people. Although the subplots are straighter than the Bonneville Salt Flats and some key characters just vanish, readers will appreciate the depth of life on Bloodroot Mountain as even a finger with a ring on it becomes symbolic of dreams broken and breathing in Amy Greene's profound harsh slice of Appalachia. Harriet Klausner
gypsyheart More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was dark and haunting, yet not heavy. It had everything. I didn't want to sleep when I was reading it and couldn't stop thinking about it when I wasn't, and I read it slowly, because I did not want it to end. Very satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, I have shared with many friends and they loved it too. The title "Bloodroot" fits perfectly if you know what Bloodroot is. If you don't, the author fills you in. Bloodroot is a flower high in the mountains, the root; when punctured, pours out red sap like blood, and the flowers saproot may be used for healing, but abused will kill. This ties in the story. The main character Myra and her lifestory is told by several family members each giving you a different view of Myra, whom is like Bloodroot. The book is full of twist and turns, induwindows, and characters that make your heart pound in excelleration. The book is intense. I highly recommend this book, even if you are sceptic, try it and you will finish it gauranteed!
dadwyer More than 1 year ago
The second half of the book moved alot faster than the first half but I almost didn't make it to the second half as I found the perspective shifts and quantity of daily minutia tiresome. Glad I hung in there. Painful domestic violence.
HonestOpinion More than 1 year ago
I know this book got a lot of attention, but I found it to be difficult to read because it was extremely boring. The plot moved slowly, the characters, although well developed, were boring, and I was generally not impressed. I like books to move at an even pace and have exciting, climatic events. This book moved at a snale pace and I found it very difficult to finish. Good for someone who enjoys slow plots and back and forth story lines (the story is told from differnt points of view at different times). Was not impressed with this book at all.
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about Bloodroot. I loved Long Man so got Bloodroot. I liked parts and didn't like parts. The local (Appalachian mountains) and mystical/magical parts kept me interested. But it was a very dark story with abuse (all kinds), mental illness and mutilation...
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Such a tragic book to have such a hopeful ending!
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Don't waste your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first started this book i didnt think i was gone finnish, but i am glad i did. Its heartbreaking to think that some people might actualy live thrue things like this . It makes one think of how lucky we are not to have to live life like that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest to the end. I could picture the mountain the way the author writes about it. Sad but good at explaining LIFE IN THE MOUNTAINS.
jlessl More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book! It takes you to a place and keeps you there throughout, such wonderful story telling. If I had to pick a favorite book this year, this book would be it. You are sorry to reach the end; what better recommendation is there for a book?
IowaJayne More than 1 year ago
a real page turner. twists & turns like Alfred Hitchcock would've wrote a book. can't wait for more from this young author. entralling for me. Jayne Anne Ekis, Harcourt Iowa
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This was a book that i could not put down. Quite possibly one of the best books I have ever read. I can't wait for more books by Amy Greene. I am a fan.
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