Mother of Rain





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Published on Jun 26, 2013

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Karen Spears Zacharias has carved a brilliant gem of a novel out of hard, uncompromising times and lives. Her remote mountain setting conceals misery, mystery, and madness — but also love, which comes in many forms. Zacharias examines these intertwined lives with great compassion and daring; she is a wonderful writer.

- Lee Smith, author of "Mrs. Darcy & the Blue-eyed Stranger" & "The Last Girls"

Karen Spears Zacharias captures the humor, spirituality and language of Appalachia with stunning authenticity, through characters that leap off the page. With Mother of Rain, Zacharias has done her part to help preserve our mountain heritage for future generations.

-Amy Greene, author of "Bloodroot"

Evocative depiction of the hills and hollows, the language, lore, and beliefs of rural Upper East Tennessee in the 40's. Karen Spears Zacharias paints an affectionate picture of simple people struggling to cope with social problems that we haven't managed to overcome in the 21st century. From the opening chapter, I was hooked.
-Lindy Riley,President of Friends of the Library, Greeneville, TN, Ph. D.

An evocative and haunting debut. The unforgettable story of Maizee Hurd is one of hardscrabble life in the mountains of East Tennessee—a world filled with the mystery of the "old ways," where loss and tragedy are as commonplace as rain. With clarity and great compassion, Karen Spears Zacharias captures the fragility of the human heart. I could still hear the cadence of Appalachian voices long after I turned the last page.

-Todd Johnson, author of "The Sweet By and By"


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