Under the Wolf Moon: A Novel

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iUniverse, Mar 29, 2010 - Fiction - 244 pages
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Turbulent times pit North against South, new immigrant against old in the 1850’s Potomac Highlands. Under the Wolf Moon has passion, life, death, and redemption.

The haunting sound of a mountain dulcimer channels its way through the hollow, softly echoing off the rocks and trees. Because of that, lives are drawn together like the confluence of two great rivers.

An embittered drayman, seduced by bigotry, acts out his revenge. Zebediah, an injured child, is a wounded healer who becomes the pivot between rage and redemption. Woven into the tapestry are an ancient Indian and a black midwife who guide people as shamanic wisdom holders.

Under the Wolf Moon is the story of a man and a woman whose lives are held in tension between cultural and personal prejudice and the nobility of the human spirit. Under the wolf moon, the January moon, life and death come full circle.

“An historical fiction worthy of its place in the genre.”
—Norma Blacke Bourdeau, writer, poet, professor of Creative Writing, Frostburg University

“Quick and precise character development and a fast moving story line...a real page turner.”
—Col. Frank Roleff, US Army, Ret., past President of Mineral County Historical Society

 

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Contents

Irelands Western Shore 1835
1
The Cave
4
Summer Potomac Highlands 1836
6
Release
12
Troubles
20
Purslane
24
The Tunnel
26
Requital
32
The River
116
The Flood 1846
118
The Speculators
124
The Secret
128
The Drayman
134
Family
136
The Fight
140
Convergence
144

Zebediah Floyd
38
Rage
42
Shapechanging
44
Hannah
48
Indian Will
52
Assumptions
54
The Railroad
58
Hannahs Grief
60
The Burial
64
Possibililties
66
Spring Passages
68
Whistle Pig
74
White Horse Mountain
76
Marriage 1841
80
Granny Sare
82
The Linden Tree
86
The Famine Irish
90
Compassion
92
The Celebration November 5 1842
98
Pickles
102
Kindred
108
Separation
110
Breaking Point
150
Pigman
152
Vision
156
The Disquieted Soul
158
A Wake
166
Chrysalis
170
The Challenge 1854
174
Trapped
176
The Meeting
178
Underground
180
By Inches
188
Convergence II
192
Broken
198
Shattered
202
Fame
204
Sympathies
206
The Waiting
212
The Stag 1866
214
Epilogue
216
Whats True
220
Acknowledgments
222
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Barbara Townsend is a West Virginia award-winning storyteller and preservationist. Shepherd University honored her in the New Writers Fiction Competition. She is the curator of the Ashby Fort Museum 1755 and lives with her husband and flat-coated retriever on top of a mountain in the Potomac Highlands.

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