Prayers the Devil Answers

Prayers the Devil Answers

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Suddenly thrust into the role of primary caretaker for her family following the tragic death of her husband, Ellie Robbins is appointed to serve out his term as sheriff of their rural Tennessee mountain town. The year is 1936, and her role is largely symbolic, except for the one task that only a sheriff can do: execute a convicted prisoner. Ellie has long proven she can handle herself. But becoming sheriff is altogether different, and the demands of the role are even more challenging when she is forced to combat society's expectations for a woman. Soon enough, dark secrets come to light, and Ellie must grapple with small town superstitions and the tenuaous ties she shared with a condemned killer as she carves out a place for herself in an uncertain future.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9781476772813
Branch Call Number: MCCRU
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 25, 2017

I found this book extremely tedious and certainly not on par with McCrumb's previous Appalachian Ballad books. I'd recommend reading one of her earlier books instead of this one.

Sep 16, 2016

McCrumb is a master storyteller, and captures the mood of the time (early Depression) and place (small town Tennessee) perfectly. A real gem!

debrajjackson May 31, 2016

Another great story from this author.

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