Sharyn McCrumb

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October 7, 2014
Abingdon Press
Hardcover, 160 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1426754210



Sharyn McCrumb (Roanoke, Virginia)

New York Times Bestselling Author

Author of Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past: A Ballad Novella


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  • Award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, and Ghost Riders.
  • Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past is McCrumb’s first Christmas novella.
  • Her “ Ballad” novels weave together the legends, natural wonders and contemporary issues of Appalachia, also home to McCrumb’s own family legacy.
  • Recognized with several awards, she was recently named a Virginia Woman of History by the Library of Virginia, and in 2014 she was awarded the Mary Hobson Literary Prize for Southern Literature.
  • Her novels are studied in universities throughout the world and have been translated into 11 languages.
  • She has presented programs and workshops at universities, libraries, and other organizations throughout the US and abroad.
  • She lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge, less than 100 miles from where her family settled in 1790 in the Smoky Mountains.
  • She attributes her gift of storytelling to her great-grandfathers who were circuit preachers in the Smoky Mountains 100 years ago, riding horseback over the ridges to preach in different communities each week.

About Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past

When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when the new owners decide to stay in their summer home through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.  Nora agrees to help sort things out, and is drawn into a time and place she never expected to revisit.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Spencer Arrowood and Deputy Joe LeDonne find themselves on an unwelcome call on Christmas Eve to arrest an elderly man for a minor offense. As the officers attempt to do their duty, it begins to look like they may spend Christmas away from home.

In a story of Christmas, spirits, memories and angels unaware, New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb revisits the mountains and the characters of her beloved Ballad novels.

Praise for Sharyn McCrumb and her previous bestselling “Ballad” novels

“Ms. McCrumb writes with quiet fire and maybe a little mountain magic….She plucks the mysteries from people’s lives and works these dark narrative threads into Appalachian legends older than the hills. Like every true storyteller, she has the Sight.” —The New York Times Book Review

“There are few writers today who are able to blend past and present, tradition and law, legends and headlines in a wholly credible fashion—Tony Hillerman springs inevitably to mind. Sharyn McCrumb is another; her widely acclaimed Ballad series is one of the finest being written today.” —Bookpage

“McCrumb provides fresh evidence that there is no one quite like her among present-day writers. No one better, either.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

“True to the language and culture of its time and place…the Ballad series could be headed for bestsellerdom.” —Library Journal

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

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