Black Mountain Breakdown
|Rating||:||4.89 (619 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls presents one of her most compelling novels, acclaimed by Anne Tyler, Annie Dillard, and more Everywhere about her, from the traffic on Highway 460 to the river that's gone black with coal dust, Crystal Spangler sees a current flowing from the mountain town of Black Rock into the wider world. As a teenager, she is elected beauty queen, gets good grades, and-despite her many enviable qualities-manages also to be well-loved. Everyone knows that she is destined to leave town and do great things.And she does.But no one expects her return; drawn back home by some sort of memory, as if the current that had taken her away had changed its mind
Kathryn McNeely said Loved Black Mountain!. It had a bit of am autobiographical tone. I learned a lot about the area of Lee Smith's youth.. Much like Empress of One If novels dealing with sexually troubled young women who are suffering from great mental trauma are your bag -- go ahead and read this one. Although it is well written, the constant fall from sanity expressed in the character Crystal is more than a little depressing -- it is very tiring to read. I loved Fair and Tender Ladies - perhaps because of the character's ability to progress instead of regress. I am not dumping this. "LEE SMITH SIMPLY DOES NOT WRITE BAD BOOKS ! ~~~~" according to Pamela A. Poddany. I love Lee Smith's books. She captures life and all the curves it can and does throw at us.BLACK MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN deals with Crystal, a young teenage girl living in the Appalachias. She is beautiful, she is popular, she is kind, she is sweet. She is a cheerleader, she dates any boy she wants to, she gets good grades. EVERYONE loves Crystal! She is just a golden girl and not one that you can't stand because she has it all
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