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The Rosewood Casket

A Ballad Novel

Ballad Novels

Sharyn McCrumb

St. Martin's Griffin

“Eloquent, lyrical, and richly textured . . . There is no one quite like [McCrumb] among present-day writers. No one better either.” —San Diego Union-Tribune

With a career spanning decades, and superlatives from reviewers nationwide--whose bestselling novels have been named Notable Books by the New York Times and the LA Times--this is a unique opportunity to publish one of Sharyn McCrumb's most cherished novels. Now in trade paperback for the first time, fresh on the heels of McCrumb's return to the bestseller list!

The stage is set for family drama when Randall Stargill lies dying on his southern Appalachian farm, and his four sons come home to build him a coffin made from the special cache of rosewood he has saved for this purpose.  Meanwhile, mountain wisewoman, Nora Bonesteel, prepares another box—to be buried with him.  Among them, a real estate developer is hovering over the family's farm bringing secrets and tensions to the surface.

In a style both lyrical and beautifully detailed, with a narrative that flows from Native American lore and the burnished tales of Daniel Boone—up to the sharpest, and keenly realized landscapes of Appalachia today, The Rosewood Casket is a novel as hauntingly beautiful as the mountains that gave it charge--and a stunning addition to our collection of McCrumb Ballad novels.

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CHAPTER ONE
 

Curiosity is natural to the soul of man.
—first words of The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone,
John Filson, 1784
Dying cost nothing and could be done alone; otherwise, Randall Stargill might have lived forever. As it was he turned loose of life by inches. In a span of months he narrowed his gyre from the woods and pastures of his hunting days to the yard and garden patch surrounding the small white-frame house. Then the brisk winds of autumn confined him to the back porch and, finally, to the sofa in the square of parlor in front of the old black-and-white
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Praise for The Rosewood Casket

"McCrumb's love for the mystical beauty of modern Appalachia . . . and her fascination with the history of the region add depth and charm to a story that's warm without being sentimental. A bestseller in the making!" —Booklist

“With fluid writing and sensitive telling, McCrumb presents her Appalachian series as perfectly as dogwood in the spring.” —Houston Chronicle

“The lyric writing pulls the reader from page to page. There also are the colors of the South that McCrumb stitches so masterfully into this hauntingly beautiful quilt. This book should be on everyone's summer reading list." —Richmond Times-Dispatch

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Sharyn McCrumb

  • SHARYN MCCRUMB is the author of The Rosewood Casket, The New York Times bestselling The Ballad of Tom Dooley and many other acclaimed novels.  Her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. She lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge, less than a hundred miles from where her family settled in 1790 in the Smoky Mountains that divide North Carolina and Tennessee.

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The Rosewood Casket

A Ballad Novel

Ballad Novels

Sharyn McCrumb

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St. Martin's Griffin

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