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Description - Mother of Rain by Karen Spears Zacharias

"Maizee Hurd was an easy target for hard times," according to Burdy Luttrell, the town healer. Burdy is a Melungeon woman with striking features and mysterious ways. She owns the land the Hurds leased following their marriage on June 3, 1940. Maizee moved upriver at the age of ten after tragedy struck, and she was sent off to be raised by a childless aunt and her doctor husband. Shortly after Maizee's ferry boat arrival in the rural mountain community of Christian Bend-carrying only a small suitcase, her mama's Bible, and her doll Hitty-the young girl began hearing the voices that would continue to torment her. It was the tender love of her husband Zeb and their shared passion for the Appalachian hills and rivers of East Tennessee that helped quiet the voices. But, as World War II tears through Europe, and Zeb prepares for deployment, Maizee's life is rocked by the ripples of war. Despite the love that carried her through the birth of their son, Rain, and the boy's subsequent illness that rendered him deaf, Maizee can't silence the demons in her own head. The voices have returned with a vengeance and a plan.This is Zacharias's debut historical novel.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780881464481
ISBN-10: 0881464481
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 277
Imprint: Mercer University Press
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Karen Spears Zacharias

Karen Spears Zacharias is a daughter of Appalachia, a descendant of founding families of Hawkins County, Tennessee. She learned the craft of storytelling from her aunt Cil Christian of Christian Bend, Tennessee. She is the author of A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of Murder. Zacharias has written for Huffington Post, New York Times, CNN, and National Public Radio. She teaches at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, and blogs at

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