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The Hollows

The Hollows

A Novel

The Kinship Series (Volume 2)

Jess Montgomery

Minotaur Books

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Jess Montgomery showcases her skills as a storyteller in The Hollows: a powerful, big-hearted and exquisitely written follow-up to her highly acclaimed debut The Widows.

Ohio, 1926: For many years, the railroad track in Moonvale Tunnel has been used as a shortcut through the Appalachian hills. When an elderly woman is killed walking along the tracks, the brakeman tells tales of seeing a ghostly female figure dressed all in white.

Newly elected Sheriff Lily Ross is called on to the case to dispel the myths. With the help of her friends Marvena Whitcomb and Hildy Cooper, Lily follows the woman’s trail to The Hollows—a notorious asylum—and they begin to expose dark secrets long-hidden by time and the mountains.

CHAPTER 1

LILY


Tuesday, September 21—11:10 p.m.

As promised, a man with a mule-drawn cart waits a mile or so from the turnoff onto Moonvale Hollow Road. Lily Ross spots them in her headlights as she eases...

Praise for The Hollows

One of the Chicago Sun-Times Books Not to Miss!

"With a seemingly effortless touch, Montgomery manages to deftly weave together believable characters, dark historical truths, and an enthralling mystery in The Hollows. The result is genuinely mysterious and utterly satisfying."—Greer Macallister, author of Woman 99 and The Magician's Lie

"The Hollows is much more than a murder mystery. It weaves racial integration, labor organizing in the Appalachian coal mines, prohibition and women’s rights throughout the narrative, set against an authentic backdrop crafted by Montgomery’s careful attention to historic detail.”—Associated Press

"A skillfully told murder mystery that features a rich array of characters and a sophisticated portrayal of a small town grappling with its own racist past and ongoing conflicted present."—Kirkus

"Skilled storyteller Montgomery takes up the issue of racial prejudice as it existed in that place and time in this historical mystery that shines with its strong and appealing female characters."—Booklist

"Realistic characters complement a great sense of place. Montgomery does an admirable job of portraying brave women such as Lily who must become the support of their families in the face of their own grief after their husbands’ deaths."—Publishers Weekly

"Colorful Appalachian dialect and details of geography and nature add to a well-crafted mystery . . . The Hollows [is] dynamic historical fiction as well as a riveting mystery."—Sh… More…

One of the Chicago Sun-Times Books Not to Miss!

"With a seemingly effortless touch, Montgomery manages to deftly weave together believable characters, dark historical truths, and an enthralling mystery in The Hollows. The result is genuinely mysterious and utterly satisfying."—Greer Macallister, author of Woman 99 and The Magician's Lie

"The Hollows is much more than a murder mystery. It weaves racial integration, labor organizing in the Appalachian coal mines, prohibition and women’s rights throughout the narrative, set against an authentic backdrop crafted by Montgomery’s careful attention to historic detail.”—Associated Press

"A skillfully told murder mystery that features a rich array of characters and a sophisticated portrayal of a small town grappling with its own racist past and ongoing conflicted present."—Kirkus

"Skilled storyteller Montgomery takes up the issue of racial prejudice as it existed in that place and time in this historical mystery that shines with its strong and appealing female characters."—Booklist

"Realistic characters complement a great sense of place. Montgomery does an admirable job of portraying brave women such as Lily who must become the support of their families in the face of their own grief after their husbands’ deaths."—Publishers Weekly

"Colorful Appalachian dialect and details of geography and nature add to a well-crafted mystery . . . The Hollows [is] dynamic historical fiction as well as a riveting mystery."—Shelf Awareness

"Readers will find Montgomery's storytelling prowess in full bloom. Enjoy."—Dayton Daily News

"Remarkable . . . memorable and vivid. My best advice: dive into these wonderful novels. It's an immersive and beautiful experience."—Aunt Agatha's

“An extremely well researched and perfectly paced mystery. A feminist take on the struggles of Appalachian America . . . Jess Montgomery is one of the examples of a female writer with a unique voice and a story to tell.”—Amy’s Booket List

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Jess Montgomery

JESS MONTGOMERY is the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News and former Executive Director of the renowned Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Based on early chapters of The Hollows, Jess was awarded an Ohio Arts Council individual artist’s grant for literary arts and the John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House in Columbus. She lives in her native state of Ohio.

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