Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Fiddler's Ghost” as Want to Read:
by Mitch Jayne
In 1951 Steve Clark accepts a teaching job in a one-room school in the Missouri Ozarks and moves with his pregnant wife Lacey to the colorful backwoods community of Indian Glade. There they are surrounded by Ozark characters who are absorbed with old customs and beliefs and school children who speak in Elizabethan terms. The Clarks move into what they consider an ideal hou ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published July 18th 2007 by Wildstone Media
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-30 of 76)
Apr 18, 2008 Mary Tuley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who appreciates the mystical side of the South
It's kind of amazing that Mitch Jayne, who wrote this rather poetic book, has spent much of his life playing bluegrass music with the Dillards (who can still be seen sometimes as the Darlings on the old "Andy Griffith Show"). I guess I wasn't expecting to meet a Renaissance man when I sat down to read.
Coming from Salem, Missouri in the 60's, the Dillards were not my first choice of musical groups, until a friend from New York introduced me to them. And now Mitch Jayne, who played bass with them, has written a delightful tale about a ghost, a tale that takes place in the Ozarks in the area of Salem/Rolla. The book is delightful to read, but also a thoughtful book about life, death, the hereafter, and immortality. The book speaks to the nature of music in the spiritual world. I highly recommend ...more
A tale about a young couple who moves to a rural community in the Ozarks. We follow Lacey and Steve as they move, set up their first home, Steve starts his first job as a one room schoolhouse teacher, they start their family, and they interact with the unusual inhabitant of their home. More than a ghost story this is a beautiful book. I found myself lost in the intriguing and often beautiful use of language of the local characters. The way Jayne incorporates themes of music and religion left me ...more
I live in northeast Missouri, so I really appreciated the culture of this book. And the story line was really interesting. It was just undermined by overuse of profanities. There were some theological parts to the book that I felt were the author's soapboxes and didn't belong to the characters... like exploration about the nature of God. I wouldn't recommend this book unless you live in MO as well, since that is the part that made me laugh out loud.