The Devil's Dream

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Penguin, Mar 1, 2011 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Now back in print from the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls.

It was in 1833 or '34 that Moses Bailey brought young Kate Malone down to Cold Spring Holler to be his wife. But Moses, wanting to become a preacher like his daddy was, left Kate time and again to look after the kids while he went out in search of a sign from God. Though he warned them about the evils of playing the fiddle, a kind of music he likened to the devil's own laughter, it passed the time for his bride and children, and soon became not just a way of life for the Baileys, but a curse that would last for generations.
 

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User Review  - shesinplainview - LibraryThing

This is one of Lee Smith's better books. I believe that the struggle between Appalachian religious beliefs and the love of popular music was accurately portrayed. The characters were interesting and believable. Read full review

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User Review  - Jim53 - LibraryThing

Smith uses a multi-generational approach to show us the uneasy relationship between popular traditional music and religion in the Appalachian area. Beginning in the 1830s with the marriage of a ... Read full review

Contents

This World Is Not My Home
Nonnie and the Melungeon
Down by Grassy Branch
Not the Marrying Kind
Rose Annie Bailey Rush
Tammy Adele Burnette in Her Prime
Mrs Gladys Rush
Katie Cocker Tells It Like It
The Last Barn Dance
Knocking on Doors
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Lee Smith is the author of fifteen previous books of fiction- three collections of short stories and a dozen novels, including the bestsellers "Fair and Tender Ladies" and "The Last Girls", winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. The recipient of the 1999 Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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