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Title:
The unquiet grave
ISBN:
9781683245346
Edition:
Center Point Large Print edition.
Physical Description:
495 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Atria Books, 2017.
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Summary:
Greenbrier, West Virginia, 1897. Despite her mother's misgivings, willful Zona Heaster marries Erasmus Trout Shue, the blacksmith. Weeks later Mary Jane Heaster receives word that Zona died from a fall, attributed to a recent illness. Determined to get justice for her daughter, she informs the county prosecutor that Zona's ghost appeared to her, saying that she had been murdered; an autopsy confirms her claim. Lakin, West Virginia, 1930. Consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer, who is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity. Reminiscing about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia, Gardner's most memorable case was helping defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride-- a case based on the testimony of a ghost.
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Lakin, West Virginia, 1930Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P. D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Boozer is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity, and encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia.


Author Notes

Sharyn McCrumb was born in Wilmington, North Carolina on February 26, 1948. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received an M.A. in English from Virginia Tech. Her novels include the Elizabeth MacPherson series and the Ballad series. St. Dale won a 2006 Library of Virginia Award and the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award. Ghost Riders won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature and the Audie Award for Best Recorded Book. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Award, the Perry F. Kendig Award for Achievement in Literary Arts, the Chaffin Award for Southern Literature, and the Plattner Award for Short Story. In 2014, she received the Mary Frances Hobson Prize for Southern Literature by North Carolina's Chowan University.

(Bowker Author Biography)