Christian Bend isn't the kind of place where one expects to find the sorts of secrets the widow Burdy Luttrell has been harboring. Tucked in the hills of East Tennessee, Christian Bend is a place of piercing beauty, where the rivers and love run constant. A community of people who care for each other, the land, the music, and the stories that bind them. It's called Christian Bend because so many people who settled the area shared the same last name, Christian. It's a name they all tried to live up to. Even so, Burdy never could bring herself to tell Rain Hurd the truth about his father. She'd always meant to, but put it off until that day she was nearly killed in the shooting at Bean Station. As soon as he heard about the shooting, Rain left his job in Rhode Island and flew to Burdy's bedside at that Knoxville hospital. That's when Burdy told him about the letters. Rain didn't believe her at first but once he found the letters, Rain was faced with a trauma of his own: What had prompted his father to abandon his family? And would Rain ever be able to forgive him the death of his mother? Would anyone at Christian Bend? Or would the community, which had long proudly regarded Zebulon Hurd as their own war hero, now abandon the aging veteran to the grief that overwhelmed him?
|Publisher:||Mercer University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Karen Spears Zacharias is a Georgia-raised Gold Star daughter. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and on CNN, National Public Radio, and Good Morning America. Her 2013 novel, MOTHER OF RAIN (Mercer), received the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction and was adapted for the stage by Georgia's Historic State Theater. She and her husband divide their time between Oregon and Georgia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Christian Bend by Karen Spears Zacharias is an extraordinary and unforgettable story set in in the hills of East Tennessee. It's a beautiful story of community, family secrets, love and redemption. I loved how Karen weaves her own personal stories into the narrative. Her characters come alive and her lyrical prose places you right in the heart of the story, reveling in the beauty of the rivers and the landscape. The novel speaks to us of important issues of our day including rampant drug addiction, violence, and child abandonment and the aftermath of such tragedies. Karen captivates the reader with her capture of the Appalachian vernacular in telling this story of human emotions and the ultimate power of forgiveness. I really enjoyed Mother of Rain and Burdy, and I simply loved the continuing family saga so eloquently told in Christian Bend, the culmination of Burdy's and Rain's stories. Christian Bend will educate you, entertain you and inspire you. Read it and get swept away in the story. You will not be disappointed.