The Rosewood Casket (Ballad #4)
In a nutshell, this book is about how what goes around comes around; in the context of this novel, if you take someone's land, someone will eventually come and take your land (or the land of your future offspring). McCrumb uses the sad story of the Americas to illustrate a moral point, reaching back to Daniel Boone's days of European settlers stealing land from Native Americans (though somehow he's revered, right?) and following this thread to 20th century America, where a family -- presumab...more
This book is high on atmosphere of the Appalachia mountain living and including a couple characters who have...more
This one, as they all did, ends in a way I would never have predicted. Did I like the en...more
Magic stuff. I forget how good a writer McCrumb is between books. She weaves history and culture and the real past together with a fictional present and comes up with unputdownable stories that become tales not just of a few characters but of the whole society of Appalachia.
This is the story of what happens when old man Randall Stargill is dying and his four sons and their partners gather at the family farm in the mountains to carry out his last wish, to build him the rosewood casket of the tit...more
I particularly enjoyed the part Nora Bonesteel played in this story, the well-developed plot, and the variety of 'interesting' personalities in this family, who, incidentally, remind me very much of families where I grew up in Northern Ontario - where 'second sight' is taken for granted, and never questioned!
Excellent story with a most unexpected ending - Su...more
Not a bad read at all. The characterization, especially of the men, struck me as a bit forced but this book is highly readable. It’s a good, convoluted story that kept me turning pages. Not sure I’d read one of McCrumb’s other...more
The Stargill boys have all returned home at the new s that their father, Randall, is dying. During the time they wait for “the end” they confront past sibling conflicts, rivalries, and unanswered family questions. They must also solve the mysterious appearance of a “box of bones” given to them by a neighbor. Thus begins a story of ghostly legends, family secrets, and a dying man’s shrouded history.
The Rosewood Casket was a nice blend of historical fiction...more
McCrumb, Sharyn - 4th in Ballad series
Old man Stargill is dying, and his four grown sons are called home to the small mountain town where they grew up to say good-bye and carry out their daddy's dying wish: that his "boys" build him a rosewood casket. But a dying man's wishes aren't the only problems the splintered Stargills are forced to face. Emotions ride high, and tempers flare because if it isn't a vulture-like land developer going after the family farm, or old lady...more
The author does a good job of weaving the past and present together, revealing just a little at a time. It keeps you reading on to find out "just one more thing". A quick read because of that.
I would recommend.
I enjoyed being in the same world previously created, and some of the characters in the periphery were recognizable as more major characters from that previous book.