Them That Go (Paperback)
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A secret revealed, A mystery solved, A life forever changed. In 1972, seventeen-year-old Annie Caldwell, who has the "gift" of animal communication, wants to be normal, but she'll settle for being unnoticed. Annie's brother died in Vietnam, her mother is depressed, and her father drinks. Her only friend is elderly Aint Lulie-who lives in the same holler and who understands the gift because she has one, too: "The first daughter in ever' other generation has always been blest with a gift, though some think it a curse." As they sit by the fireplace in the evenings and tell each other stories, Aint Lulie shares family history with Annie, including a relative's mysterious death and how some of their ancestors came to settle in the area: "There's always been them that go and them that stay in ever' generation." When a local girl goes missing, Aint Lulie's and Annie's gifts can help solve the mystery-but if Annie speaks up, she can no longer go unnoticed. THEM THAT GO is an Appalachian coming-of-age novel rich in tradition, superstition, family ties, and secrets.
About the Author
Becky Mushko is a three-time winner of the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest and a five-time winner of the Lonesome Pine Short Story Contest. Her work appears in in A CUP OF COMFORT FOR WRITERS, Vols. II & III of ANTHOLOGY OF APPALACHIAN WRITERS, IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, and many other publications. Her other novels, both set in Franklin County, Virginia, are PATCHES ON THE SAME QUILT and STUCK. FERRADIDDLEDUMDAY is her Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin tale. Website: http: //www.beckymushko.com Blog: http: //pevishpen.blogspot.com