Like Light, Like Music
300 pages, 5 x 8
Paperback
Release Date:01 Aug 2020
ISBN:9781949199574
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Like Light, Like Music

Western Virginia University Press, West Virginia University Press

Emme McLean never imagined that in 1999 she would be living out the lyrics of the ancient murder ballads she grew up singing. But now Emme is back in Red River, Kentucky, using her skills as a journalist to prove her cousin did not kill her husband and to find out what is terrifying the town after many of its women went half-mad on the same night.

But to help her hometown’s haunted women, Emme must also face the things that haunt her, things she thought she had lost when she chose to move away: the majestic music of her family’s beloved hills and hollows, the mysterious old ways of her Appalachian kin, and the memory of her remarkable first love, Evan. Through it all, she must reckon with her magical “mountain gift”—is it real, or merely a unique synesthesia? And can she trust it to help heal her family and her town, a place still plagued by the social injustice that first drove her away? Can she trust it to help heal herself?

RELATED TOPICS: Fiction, Literature
Lana K. W. Austin teaches writing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and has an MFA from George Mason University.
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