The Songcatcher by Sharyn McCrumb
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Folksinger Lark McCourry is haunted by the memory of a song. As a child she heard it from her relatives in the North Carolina mountains, and she knows that the song has been in her family since 1759, when her ancestor, nine-year-old Malcolm MacQuarry, kidnapped from the Scottish island of Islay, learned it aboard an English ship. The song accompanied young Malcolm when he made his way to Morristown, New Jersey, where he apprenticed with an attorney, became a lawyer himself, and fought in the American Revolution. The song went with Malcolm in 1790, when he left his family and traveled the Wilderness Road to homestead in western North Carolina, where he remarried and raised a second family.

The song, passed down through the generations, carries Malcolm's descendants through the settling of the frontier, the Civil War, the coming of the railroads, and into modern times, providing both solace in the present and a link to the past. Over the years, though, the memory of the old song has dimmed and Lark McCourry's only hope of preserving her family legacy lies in mountain wisewoman Nora Bonesteel, who talks to both the living and the dead.
 

About Sharyn McCrumb

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Sharyn McCrumb was born in Wilmington, North Carolina on February 26, 1948. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received an M.A. in English from Virginia Tech. Her novels include Elizabeth MacPherson series and the Ballad series. Her book, St. Dale, won a 2006 Library of Virginia Award and the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature, the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Award, the Perry F. Kendig Award for Achievement in Literary Arts, the Chaffin Award for Southern Literature, and the Plattner Award for Short Story. She has been writer-in-residence at King College in Tennessee and Shepherd College in West Virginia.
 
Published June 1, 2001 by Dutton Adult. 368 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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