Walking to Gatlinburg

Walking to Gatlinburg

by Howard Frank Mosher
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Walking to Gatlinburg by Howard Frank Mosher

A stunning and lyrical Civil War thriller, Walking to Gatlinburg is a spellbinding story of survival, wilderness adventure, mystery, and love in the time of war.

Morgan Kinneson is both hunter and hunted.  The sharp-shooting 17-year-old from Kingdom County, Vermont, is determined to track down his brother Pilgrim, a doctor who has gone missing from the Union Army.  But first Morgan must elude a group of murderous escaped convicts in pursuit of a mysterious stone that has fallen into his possession.

It’s 1864, and the country is in the grip of the bloodiest war in American history.  Meanwhile, the Kinneson family has been quietly conducting passengers on the Underground Railroad from Vermont to the Canadian border.  One snowy afternoon Morgan leaves an elderly fugitive named Jesse Moses in a mountainside cabin for a few hours so that he can track a moose to feed his family.  In his absence, Jesse is murdered, and thus begins Morgan’s unforgettable trek south through an apocalyptic landscape of war and mayhem.

Along the way, Morgan encounters a fantastical array of characters, including a weeping elephant, a pacifist gunsmith, a woman who lives in a tree, a blind cobbler, and a beautiful and intriguing slave girl named Slidell who is the key to unlocking the mystery of the secret stone.  At the same time, he wrestles with the choices that will ultimately define him – how to reconcile the laws of nature with religious faith, how to temper justice with mercy.  Magical and wonderfully strange, Walking to Gatlinburg is both a thriller of the highest order and a heartbreaking odyssey into the heart of American darkness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307450944
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 559,718
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

HOWARD FRANK MOSHER is the author of ten books.  His novel A Stranger in the Kingdom won the New England Book Award for Fiction and was made into a movie, as were his novels Disappearance and Where the Rivers Flow North.  A recipient of the Literature Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Mosher lives in Vermont.

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Walking to Gatlinburg 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Vermont More than 1 year ago
For me this was a I can't wait to get back to reading it book.
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This is the best American adventure books I've read since The Travels of Jaime McPheeters. But I have one question. What in the novel in historical fact, and what is very good and very entertaining fiction? As I've read I've tried looking up various people, places, and facts, and keep coming up blank. The novel is wonderful, but I wish there was a bibliography, a suggested additional reading list, or even a brief explanation of what is real, and what is not.
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taconichillsgirl More than 1 year ago
I have been impatiently waiting to read this book since I first heard about it in mid-2007. Mosher's writing is filled with the inspiration and ironies of life in rural, mountain communities of the northeastern United States. I highly recommend his novels from past years as background for his upcoming one. They are recalled in the same way as folk tales from our youth, with an emphasis on the power of community, place and imagination. If you have ever enjoyed sitting on the porch with your father during a thunderstorm while he relayed the tales of Washington Irving, then I believe you will also relish the tales of Howard Frank Mosher.
TheDon More than 1 year ago
I read more than one book per week and this one has to have been the worst I've read in years. It was a mixture of Deerslayer and Alice in Wonderland. Totally absurd and unbelievable with bizarre and unlikely plot twists. I certainly do not recommend it to any serious reader.