The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe
(Tufa Novels)

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Named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe is an enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills. . . .

No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Enigmatic and suspicious of outsiders, the Tufa live quiet lives in the hills and valleys of Cloud County. While their origins may be a mystery, there are hints of their true nature buried in the songs they have passed down for generations.

Bronwyn Hyatt, a pure-blood Tufa, has always insisting on doing things her own way, regardless of the consequences. Even though Tufa rarely leave Cloud County, she enlisted in the Army to escape the pressures of Tufa life—her family, her obligations as a First Daughter, and her dangerous ex-boyfriend. But after barely surviving a devastating ambush that killed most of her fellow soldiers, Private Hyatt returns to Cloud County wounded in body and in spirit. But danger lurks in the mountains and hollows of her childhood home. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, and a restless “haint” lurks nearby, waiting to reveal Bronwyn’s darkest secrets. Worst of all, Bronwyn has lost touch with the music that was once a vital part of her identity.

Now Bronwyn finds the greatest battle to be right here at home, where her obligations struggle with her need for freedom, and if she makes the wrong choice, the consequences could be deadly for all the Tufa. . . .

“A sheer delight.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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About Alex Bledsoe

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“Shall We Gather” is an original short story by Alex Bledsoe, who has written two novels about the mysterious Tufa of the East Tennessee mountains: The Hum and the Shiver, and the upcoming Wisp of a Thing.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Tor Books. 350 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Private Bronwyn Hyatt, "the Bronwynator," a war hero and First Daughter of the Tufa, was shipped back from Iraq with a smashed leg and shoulder, although she knows these will rapidly heal.

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Bronwyn Hyatt is a young Iraq War veteran invalided out of the Army after she's wounded in the kind of close combat situation that earns men Purple Hearts. Reporters are shocked to find that The Bron

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Can Bronwyn Hyatt, war hero newly back from the wars in the Middle East, rediscover her place at home before omens against her family come to pass?

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The story is about Private Bronwyn Hyatt, her immediate family, and their extended relatives in Needsville, Tennessee.

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Between the occasional rag on piano, jazz or concert band practice, and a million folk songs on guitar, there was live music at my house pretty much every day.

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There's the Bad Boy, a Tufa, and Mr. Nice Guy, a Methodist preacher trying to get the Tufa into church.

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Can she find her song and learn to play her mandolin again so she can learn her mother's song?

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