The Hum and the Shiver

Named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe is an enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills. . . .

No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Enigmatic and suspicious of outsiders, the Tufa live quiet lives in the hills and valleys of Cloud County. While their origins may be a mystery, there are hints of their true nature buried in the songs they have passed down for generations.

Bronwyn Hyatt, a pure-blood Tufa, has always insisting on doing things her own way, regardless of the consequences. Even though Tufa rarely leave Cloud County, she enlisted in the Army to escape the pressures of Tufa life—her family, her obligations as a First Daughter, and her dangerous ex-boyfriend. But after barely surviving a devastating ambush that killed most of her fellow soldiers, Private Hyatt returns to Cloud County wounded in body and in spirit. But danger lurks in the mountains and hollows of her childhood home. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, and a restless “haint” lurks nearby, waiting to reveal Bronwyn’s darkest secrets. Worst of all, Bronwyn has lost touch with the music that was once a vital part of her identity.

Now Bronwyn finds the greatest battle to be right here at home, where her obligations struggle with her need for freedom, and if she makes the wrong choice, the consequences could be deadly for all the Tufa.

The book for July is "Reconstructing Amelia" by Kimberly McCreight.

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  • Doug

    It was an easy read but there were a lot of holes in the story.

    June 17

  • Cathy M.

    Many background aspects of the book, of which I was unaware, were revealed during the discussion. These changed the way I viewed the book, but I still thought the author wrote a good story, which read easily.

    June 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    While not necessarily the best written book, I really enjoyed the story & look forward to reading others of his. The discussion was great, as always! My son wants to now start a book club at his school because he had such a great time :)

    1 · June 17

  • Ward

    Caught in traffic, but on my way.

    June 16

  • Chiara P.

    Hate to miss, but woke up sick this morning and don't want to spread any germs. Can't wait to hear about the discussion.

    June 16

    • Cathy M.

      Bummer! Feel better soon!

      1 · June 16

    • Gloria

      We will miss you. Hope you feel better soon.

      1 · June 16

  • Lola A.

    Since I never got around to reading the book, I won't be attending.

    June 16

  • Mary M.

    I will be out of town on this date. But I read the book and I would love to hear everyone's comments.

    June 9

  • Ruchi

    will have to miss this month. I am looking forward to future meetings with this group

    June 9

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