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Walking to Gatlinburg

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  447 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
A stunning and lyrical Civil War thriller, Walking to Gatlinburg is a spellbinding story of survival, wilderness adventure, mystery, and love in the time of war.

Morgan Kinneson is both hunter and hunted.  The sharp-shooting 17-year-old from Kingdom County, Vermont, is determined to track down his brother Pilgrim, a doctor who has gone missing from the Union Army.  But firs
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Shaye Areheart Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
There are scores of books that I read and promptly forget about. Some, if I see the cover or read the title, I can remember a bit about. Others escape me completely: I can read a full description of the book and still not remember anything else about it. Howard Frank Mosher's books do not fall into the category of forgettable books. They are so beautifully strange and interesting. He's also a wonderful, lyrical writer. Walking to Gatlinburg is set during the Civil War, although, with the excepti ...more
Todd Stockslager
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Morgan Kinneson, from Kingdom County, Vermont, does indeed walk to Gatlinburg and even deeper into the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee (but not to the North Carolina side--the water tastes bad there, a mountaineer tells him) during the last year of the Civil War. But this is neither a standard road story nor a Civil War story. It is more fable than historical fiction. It is odd, disconcerting, and elegiac--the closest comparison I can think of in terms of its journey, scope, and ...more
Deborah Sloan
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel
It is not often that a writer can successfully integrate the concept of language into writing a book. Howard Frank Mosher in Walking to Gatlinberg has not just one dialect (common English) in but 3 or more language dialects including that of the 1860 slaves and hidden from society hillbilly that people rarely are exposed to. I truly would give this book 4 1/2 stars just for the dialects alone. I loved it.

Seventeen year old Morgan Kinneson starts his journey from the
Oct 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
This book was touted as "magical and wonderfully strange," but I'm afraid I only found it strange. I wanted so much to like it -- a thriller set in the Civil War with elements of the fantastic sounded right up my alley. After all, I loved The Terror, Dan Simmons' mixture of the fantastic and the historical. But the story in Walking to Gatlinburg simply could not engage my committed interest. Instead, I found the mixture of the realistic and the fantastic annoying and sometimes silly (really, an ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It's rare recently
that I have a book in hand
that I want to slow down and savor
This a Civil War era thriller
but it's not about the war per se
When you read
keep the unabridged dictionary handy
It will increase your enjoyment
Better yet read it on a Kindle
The dictionary is built in
Christopher Hicks
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really liked the premise of this book...Morgan Kinneson, a young conductor on the Underground Railroad goes off on a quest during the Civil War to find his missing brother. There were three things that Mosher excelled at in this work:

1. Building characters -- A lot of times, novelists can get caught up in the characterization of their own protagonist, foregoing a better understanding of the supporting roles. Mosher, however, built a great cast of secondary characters, all connected to each oth
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historic-fiction
Because I am interested in Civil War historical fiction, I checked out the GRs reviews and downloaded it on my Kindle. (After reading Wild, I thought another walking adventure novel would be novel...)
At first, I was delighted with the author's use of 19th cy Yankee vernacular, story line and his beautiful descriptions of Northeast Kingdom Vermont, and the Quaker Underground RR. But, as 30% neared, the plot and sub plots became so confounded that I was eager to put it down, rather than finish it
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Though beautifully, creatively written, and though I couldn't put it down, this novel irritated me. It was labeled Civil War-era historical fiction, so I was eager to try it; but it was really more like a dark, almost mystical thriller. During the Civil War. The entire story meandered through such sordid, seedy settings and characters as to leave me feeling like the whole world is purely evil. And though I certainly liked the main character, his journey was so horrific and tragic that it almost ...more
Jo Ann
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Beacause we were headed to Gatlinburg for a family reunion a few weeks ago, I chose to read this book last month, before the reunion...the premise was interesting and fun, and I tend to love books about the Civil War. Morgan, a 17 year old Quaker, tracks his brother Pilgrim, through NY, PA, Gettysburg, MD, West VA, KY, TN, and has a plethora of adventures along the way...I enjoyed it, but not as much as I anticipated I would.
Feb 26, 2011 added it
really wanted to like this as historical fiction is one of my favorite genres but just didn't. the dialogue was really tedious and difficult to follow
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Howard Frank Mosher was an American author. Over the course of his career, Mr. Mosher published 12 novels, two memoirs and countless essays and book reviews. In addition, his last work of fiction, points North will be published by St. Martin's press in the winter of 2018.

Mosher was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1979. A Stranger In the Kingdom won the New England Book Award for Fiction in 1991, and was l
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