Come Go Home with Me by Sheila Kay Adams
Stories By Sheila Kay Adams

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Sheila Adams has been performing Appalachian ballads and telling stories for over twenty years. A native of Madison County, North Carolina, she was introduced to the tale-telling tradition by her great-aunt "Granny,'"well-known balladeer Dellie Chandler Norton. This collection of Adams's stories provides a rare portrait of a distinctive mountain community and charts the development of an artist's unique voice.

The tales range from stories of heroic, sometimes fierce, mountain settlers to the comic adventures of local drifters and tricksters, from magical childhood encounters to adult rites of passage. We meet Bertha and the snake handlers, local preacher Manassey Fender (who "looked like a pencil with a burr haircut, in a suit"), and Adams's beloved grandfather Breaddaddy, who taught her about life and death with an enchanting graveyard dance. But perhaps the most powerful character depicted here is "Granny," whom Adams calls "the most exciting person I have ever known and the best teacher I would ever have." By weaving these remembrances into her stories, Adams both preserves and extends a rich artistic heritage.


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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.
Published September 11, 1995 by The University of North Carolina Press. 136 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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In ``Answers to Life's Questions,'' for example, Adams calls Granny, blandly, ``...the most exciting person I had ever known.'' Overall, the second-hand stories, passed down for generations, are the most effective: In ``Marking a Trail,'' Adams's grandfather ``Breaddaddy'' tells of The High Rock ...

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It does, however, allow for the odd amusing lines, as when an elderly resident hops out of the car upon returning home and declares ``God bless old Sodom!'' Adams is an Appalachian balladeer and storyteller, and a few of these bits charm with their insight into country ways-particularly the first...

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