My Old True Love: A Novel

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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004 - Fiction - 289 pages
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"My Old True Love sings and lives and breathes with joy and sadness and every emotion in between."*
 
The Stantons and the Nortons were family in the truest, oldest sense: an extended network of kin stretching across the Appalachian mountains, their ties to the land as strong as their ties to one another. So when Larkin Stanton is left parentless at birth in the 1840s, he is taken in by his cousin Arty Norton, and true to the family way, Arty teaches Larkin the old Appalachian ballads the family has sung together for centuries. But when Arty's brother, Hackley, leaves to fight in the Civil War, Larkin finds himself drawn to Hackley's wife, the woman who has held Larkin's heart for years. What Larkin does about that love defies all he has learned about family and loyalty--and reminds us that those mournful mountain ballads didn't come just from the imagination but from the imperfections of the heart.
 
"Something ancient and wonderful resides in Sheila Kay Adams's heart, and we are lucky indeed that she has chosen to share this knowledge with us through the words of this fine, beautifully wrought novel." --*Silas House, author of Clay's Quilt and A Parchment of Leaves
 
"Deeply satisfying storytelling propelled by the desires of full-bodied, prickly characters set against a landscape rendered in all its beauty and harshness." --Kirkus Reviews
 
 

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User Review  - dissed1 - LibraryThing

My Old True Love, by Sheila Kay Adams, is an old-fashioned story from the mountains of North Carolina. I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, characterizations and dialect Ms. Adams employed to tell her ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Loosely based on the author's family history, a fine first novel about doomed love and hardscrabble lives in a 19th-century Appalachian mountain community.Narrator Arty Norton begins her tale in 1845 ... Read full review

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Sheila Kay Adams is an acclaimed performer of Appalachian ballads passed down for seven generations through her own ancestors. She has been a featured performer in several documentary films, served as Technical Director for the film Songcatcher, contributed to The Last of the Mohicans, and was cohost and coproducer of Public Radio's Over Home. She performs year-round at major festivals throughout the United States, as well as in the U.K. She has three children and lives with her husband, Jim Taylor, in Madison County, North Carolina, where she was born.

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