Book Club: The Ballad of Frankie Silver

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Book Club: The Ballad of Frankie Silver
October 15, 2017 3:00 PM
October 15, 2017 4:00 PM
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Tania Hajjar
970-249-9656 (ext. 3)
September 9, 2016
Montrose Regional Library Meeting Room
320 S. 2nd St. , Montrose, CO, 81401, United States

Join us!  The Book Club meets on the third Sunday of the month, from 3 to 4 in the afternoon, in the meeting room at the Library. These books were chosen at the group’s meeting in August 2016. For more information, call Tania Hajjar at 970/249-9656 (ext. 3).

The selection for October 2017 is The Ballad of Frankie Silver by Sharyn McCrumb.

Characters, generation, and history are pained against an Appalachian canvas as this novel blends legends and folklore with high suspense.  In a little mountain cemetery in Mitchell County, North Carolina stand three graves – all belonging to the same man.  Behind the legend of the graves is the true story of Frankie Silver, an 18-year old mountain girl who became the first woman hanged for murder in the state of North Carolina for a crime she might not have committed.  In 1833 Frankie Silver was convicted of the axe murder of her husband Charles.  Through a detailed investigation, the local sheriff, and soon all the townsfolk, discovered reasons to question her guilt — but the wheels of justice were mercilessly unstoppable, and she was hanged.  Now, more than a century later, another convicted murderer faces the death penalty in the hills of Tennessee.  Fate Harkryder’s life is in the hands of Sheriff Spencer Arrowood, who begins to discover that the convictions of these two people have deep and haunting parallels.  Suspense is driven by Arrowood’s initial curiosity and gradual obsession with Frankie’s case, an obsession we follow as the novel slips between the centuries.  The worlds of these two murders intersect in this densely plotted and lyrical novel as McCrumb leads us to consider the terrible toll of domestic violence, the assumptions rich and poor make about one another, and the barbaric anachronism of the death penalty. –,, &

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