"Maizee Hurd was an easy target for hard times," according to Burdy Luttrell, the town healer. Burdy is a Melungeon woman with striking features and mysterious ways who owns the land the Hurds leased following their marriage on June 3, 1940.
Maizee moved upriver at the age of ten after tragedy struck, and she was sent off to be raised by a childless aunt and her doctor husband. Shortly after Maizee's arrival in the rural mountain community of Christian Bendcarrying only a small suitcase, her mama's Bible, and her doll Hittythe young girl began hearing voices.
It was the tender love of her husband Zeb and their shared passion for the Appalachian hills and rivers of East Tennessee that helped quiet the voices. But, as Zeb prepares for deployment, Maizee's life is rocked by the ripples of World War II. Despite the love that carried her through the birth of their son, Rain, and the boy's subsequent illness that rendered him deaf, Maizee can't silence the demons in her own head.
|Publisher:||Mercer University Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Karen Spears Zacharias is a daughter of Appalachia, a descendant of founding families of Hawkins County, Tennessee. She learned the craft of storytelling from her aunt Cil Christian of Christian Bend, Tennessee. She is the author of A SILENCE OF MOCKINGBIRDS: THE MEMOIR OF MURDER. Zacharias has written for Huffington Post, New York Times, CNN, and National Public Radio. She teaches at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, and blogs at Patheos.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Karen Spears Zacharias' tale of Maizee Hurd captures life in rural Appalachia while also addressing the demons of mental illness. Told through various narrators, Zacharias gets to the heart and soul of each character while maintaining the flow and integrity of her first novel. Even after finishing the novel, you are left thinking about the book, its characters, and reflecting on how much the care of those with mental illness hasn't changed today. "Mother of Rain" is a gem of a novel and I look forward to more tales from Zacharias, who has a gift with story telling.