Gods of Howl Mountain
Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood - a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg ...more
The one-eye preacher is actually NOT one of the men who attacked Rory's mother; the one-eye is simply a coincidence.
Am I correct? (hide spoiler)]
sitting here, trying to figure out how to describe this book, what keeps running through my mind are some of the lyrics from warren zevon’s Indifference of Heaven:
I had a girl
Now she's gone
She left town
Town burned down
which is the quintessence of zevon’s dark-molasses humor, but it’s also a pretty good way to classify authors across the grit-lit spectrum: will they or won’t they burn down the damn town? Frank Bill, Donald Ray Pollock, Clifford Jackman - they will burn their towns ...more
ADMIRATION- and ENJOYMENT has increased with each book!
My first go-around with Taylor Brown’s writing was with “Fallen Land”....which I️ struggled with. I️ appreciated the novel—and could see how many readers found it
remarkable- yet I️ had difficulties ‘feeling’ much emotional connection with the writing.
In “The River of Kings”....I️ was exhilarated with adventure- mystery - and the river itself.... In this story I️ w ...more
To read a Taylor Brown novel is to be drawn into the world he creates. His use of imagery, makes one feel as if they were actuall ...more
Happy Publication Day to Taylor Brown!
Wow! This was my first book by Taylor Brown and I was totally blown away with how vividly descriptive and enjoyable this novel was! This book quickly went into my favourite reads shelf for 2018!
Update: Oh, and I forgot to mention that I LOVE that cover!!
GODS OF HOWL MOUNTAIN by TAYLOR BROWN is a gritty, dark, intense, and compelling historical fiction novel that had me totally engaged, e ...more
It's the 1950's and Rory Docherty has returned home from the Korean War with a wooden leg. It's hard to find good-paying legitimate work with a wooden leg, so Rory has become a whisky-runner. He makes deliveries to brothels, roadhouses, and private clients. Haunted by horrific dreams of the war, he lives with his grandmother, Maybelline “Granny May” Docherty. She is known for many things on the mountain, one of which is being a healer. People come to ...more
Have you ever heard of the Carolina parakeet, a now extinct colorful bird native to North Carolina? It plays a role in this book, and I have an interesting, but sad, connection to that beautiful bird. I had a beloved parakeet named Freddy as a child. We used to let Freddy out of his cage to fly around the house (I know! 👀 Recipe for disaster, right?!). One day I opened the door to take my bike outside, and Freddy flew ou ...more
I love the bookcover!
Rory was in the Korean War and he was a Korean War Vet. He comes back home to Howl Mountain with a wooden leg. The time is 1952. The story takes place in the mountains of North Carolina. Rory is now living with his Granny May. His Mom had something terrible happen to her and she is in a mental hospital and she can not speak. This is a mystery to Rory, and he wants to find out why she is locked up in the mental institution, which he finds out is a dark family secret. When Ro ...more
Rory Docherty finds himself, returning once again, as part of the irregular circle of that familiar wheel. People are "born hard" in Howl Mountain in North Carolina. It's the 1950's and Rory treads the backroads leaving one definitive footprint and the other a bit misshapened. Rory lost his foot in a bloody battle in the Korean War. Funny how one's identity gathers in a multitude of places.
Granny May Docherty listens to the rhythmic sound of the rungs of her old rocking ...more
This book was true southern grit lit (I didn’t even know that was a thing, but it sure does describe this book perfectly)... I really do enjoy southern Fiction.... the south seems to be very rich with fascinating history.....
This was a character driven novel and I absolutely adored the characters in this book.... Granny May was the best! if I lived in the appellations in the 50s I’d want to be just like her.... without her past.... OK maybe I wouldn’t want to be just l ...more
Or more likely I forgot I said it.
BUT look at that cover!
And that blurb had me from hello.
And I didn't hate it! It is the story of a former Korean War vet named Rory who has come home to his mountains and is running whiskey through those mountains. He lives at home with his Granny May.
Granny May I love you! Granny May used to be a whore..she gave that up afte ...more
It was a time of whiskey runs, bootlegging and herbal medicines and potions used to aid those in need. On Howl Mountain, the living was hard. Granny May Docherty all but lost her daughter years ago in a horrible incident. Now her daughter lives is in a hospital, mute and unresponsive. Granny May has done what she had to do to survive and though most everyone judges her for it - most use her services for something or other. Rory Docherty came home from the Korean War a c ...more
Set in the high country of 1950's North Carolina amidst bootleggers and folk healers, there are secrets to discover, battles to be won and a mystery to solve.
Combined with engrossing characters like the pipe-smoking Granny May with her potions and fearless ways....Rory, her disabled grandson with his nightmares of war torn bodies on the Korean battlefield....AND his mother Bon...more
Brown has a talent for delivering and doesn’t disappoint with this one. Rory, a Korean war vet, has returned one legged. The only skill he knows is the moonshine runs and along the way finds some snake worshippers, a love and the criminals who left his mom mute. He’s got a rockin’ Grandma who would do anything to save her grandson.
And just like that Taylor Brown knocks it out of the park.
The machine started at dusk, headlights slashing their way down the old switchbacks that ribbed the mountain’s slopes, thunder and echo of thunder vaulting through the ridges and hollers on every side. The road sawed down out of high country, angling against valleys welled with darkness, past ridges hewn by dynamite, at times following the pale sinews of logging roads that lashed these hills half a century before. It poured ever ...more
”When you can't find the light
That got you through the cloudy days
When the stars ain't shinin' bright
You feel like you've lost you're way
When the candlelight of home
Burns so very far away
Well, you got to let your soul shine
Just like my daddy used to say
“He used to say soulshine
It's better than sunshine
It's better than moonshine
Damn sure better than rain
“I grew up thinkin' I had it made
Gonna make it on my own
Life can take the strongest man
Make him feel so alone
“Now sometimes I ...more
Wow!! Talk about being able to set a scene and paint a picture. I’ve never read anything by Taylor Brown before. But we are talking some serious wordsmithing here.
The North Carolina Mountains of the 1950s are their own world. It’s a world of bootleggers, snake handling preachers, racing and herbalists. Rory Docherty now sports a wooden leg from his time in the Korean War but that doesn’t stop him from running bootleg whiskey in his 1940 Ford coupe. His grandmother is an herbalist who’s ...more
**I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway program. Publication date is March 20, 2018
This is Southern Grit Lit at its best. Atmospheric and full of intrigue and action, there’s the cut-throat business of whiskey running, secrets galore, vengeance, herbal folk healing, snake-handling preachers, brothels, lawless lawmen, violence, and mountain justice, all delivered with a prose that makes you feel as if you are right there in the midst of it. Life was hard and the p ...more
Ex-Marine Rory Docherty has returned from the Korean conflict missing his left leg below the knee, but that hasn't stopped him from running moonshine down into the valley below in his souped-up car for the big boss Eustace.
Rory lives in the hills with his G ...more
Taylor Brown had me wrapped around his writing pinkie from the get-go.
Vivid characters, addictive storytelling, and white lightening prose went down in straight shots ricocheting up to my brain triggering all the reading reward circuits.
Is there a slamming-the-shot-glass-down emoji? Can I get a chaser!
I’m also bestowing a best character award for Granny May Docherty, a woman after my own heart. Can I get an Amen!
I could be sad it's over but I haven’t read the man ...more
Life in the fifties in this mountain community was vividly portrayed by Taylor Brown. Coming back from war is always difficult. To return to the normalcy of life is a task many face, witnessing the horribleness of war, time, the smell of death, the toll it takes on your mind, heart and soul.
For Rory Docherty, coming back home also meant coming back to the rural mountains of his birth. He has lost a leg to war, and returns to a place where both an internal and extern ...more
Rory Docherty is back from ...more
For five of the Traveling Sisters including Norma they were lost in the dewy meadows of the lush coulee while one other TS and I were lost in the looming darkness of the rocky dry coulee looking for some of that moonshine to ...more
Mountain lore, spirits of the whispering trees, moonshine, snake worship and spirit healers! Taylor Brown delivers another tale of amazing intrinsic atmosphere both in place and time. Nostalgically and robust, rooted deeply in Appalachian folklore, this story travels into the depths of a small mountain community of the 1950’s.
Maybelline Docherty, or also called “Granny May” has the wisdom of healers past. Living in her cabin away in the mountains, some believe her to be a witch. With her bac ...more
"Dark came fast into the valleys, a flood of sha ...more
I have a soft spot reserved for history served up Americana style, especially, the early to mid part of the 20th century. This novel stood boldly defiant in the face of bootleggers, thieves and scoundrels scattered throughout the mountains of North Carolina. So grab your scattergun and get ready for the ride of your life. A ...more
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