Black Mountain Breakdown (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 6, 2012 - Fiction - 320 pages
27 Reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls presents one of her most compelling novels, acclaimed by Anne Tyler, Annie Dillard, and more...

Everywhere about her, from the traffic on Highway 460 to the river that's gone black with coal dust, Crystal Spangler sees a current flowing from the mountain town of Black Rock into the wider world. As a teenager, she is elected beauty queen, gets good grades, and-despite her many enviable qualities-manages also to be well-loved. Everyone knows that she is destined to leave town and do great things.

And she does.

But no one expects her return; drawn back home by some sort of memory, as if the current that had taken her away had changed its mind...


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User Review  - Beth Owen - Goodreads

I can't believe that Lee Smith wrote a book I can only give two stars. Compared to her others, this one was really disappointing. She usually writes great lead characters that I just fall in love with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Linda Pacelli - Goodreads

Sometimes hard to follow the story and several times I found myself rereading passages & still not understanding! Read full review

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Lee Smith is the author of The Last Girls, Oral History, Fair and Tender Ladies, and other novels, and a recent story collection, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger. She has won the O. Henry Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

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