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Waiting on Wednesday: The Devil Amongst the Lawyers by Sharyn McCrumb

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Title: The Devil Amongst the Lawyers
Author: Sharyn McCrumb
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
Synopsis from Macmillan:
In 1934 all the national publications sent their star reporters to remote Virginia to cover the trial of Erma Morton: a beautiful 21-year-old mountain girl with a teaching degree, accused of murdering her father--a drunken tyrant of a man.

Eager for a new cause celebre to capture the public's imagination, they were counting on reports of horse-drawn buggies, run-down shacks, children in thread-bare clothes--all of the stereotypes of mountain life. But among them is Carl Jennings, an 18-year-old mountain boy on his first job. An eager, honest journalist, he reports accurately--describing telephones, electricity, gas stations, and coal company executives.

So when their reports conflict, Carl is condemned, while the seasoned journalists perpetuate the myths of country life--and Erma Morton's guilt or innocence is literally sold to the highest bidder--a wronged woman on trial sells papers. Soon, it is not the murder that is of interest: but the vultures attracted by the deaths. In the midst of all this, Carl continues to search for the truth, relying on his younger cousin, Nora--gifted with the "sight"--for help.

A stunning return to the lands, ballads and characters upon which she made her name, Devil Amongst the Lawyers is a testament to Sharyn McCrumb's lyrical and poetic writing.
And in 2010 we still get cracks about marrying our cousins, or missing teeth, or a lack of running water.  That Appalachian/Southern/rural stereotype needs to die, and I'm glad McCrumb decided to tackle it.

What are you waiting on this week? 

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Jennifer G.

10 comments:

  1. I'm really looking forward to reviews for this book! Nice pick.

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  2. This really sounds like it might be quite exciting, and certainly very interesting. Great choice. Thanks.

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  3. Oh, I haven't heard of this one, but it definitely intrigues me! Thanks for putting it on my radar...

    As for Julia Glass, I really enjoyed The Whole World Over, too...I See You Everywhere was a little disappointing.

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  4. Ooh this sounds really interesting! I bet it's very suspensful. Great pick. Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  5. I love books that are set in this time period!

    Here's my pick:

    http://sobookish.blogspot.com/2010/05/waiting-on-wednesday-driftwood-lane-by.html

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  6. Great pick, I was looking at titles by this author and she has one called Lovely in her bones .. I thought that was funny considering all the press with the Lovely Bones. Here is mine. Books and Life

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  7. I hadn't heard of this before. I read The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter for school years ago and I really liked it. Sharyn McCrumb is a talented writer. Great pick!

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  8. Nice pick, Jen! I had never heard of the Crow girls, but they sound interesting. I love this meme - it introduces me to so many interesting characters and genres that I would never have come across otherwise. Thanks for hosting!

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