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The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb
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Feb 27, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

Sharyn McCrumb's very good at getting inside the heads of historical figures. While there were some things not to like about the book--repetitive sections, for example-- it's a very engaging tale, start to finish. And McCrumb provides a plausible set of facts to support the storyline she created. She does a good job with internal dialogue--there's a lot of that, particularly from Pauline, the emotionally chilling servant girl who narrates--and a great job of painting a picture of what it was like to live in post-Civil War, mountainous western North Carolina. As the narrator says, hard lines.

Another thumbs up for McCrumb.

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