Appalachian Fiction

Appalachia, in the words of author Sharyn McCrumb, is an exotic mix of “ghosts and gold mines, Cherokees and Civil War legends, cougars and Child ballads, moonshine and white water.” Author
John Ehle adds that mountain people possess an inordinate
amount of humor and pride. It’s not surprising, then, that there
would be a wealth of good stories and intriguing characters. The following titles span a large amount of time but share the rich Appalachian heritage. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


Arnow, Harriette. The Kentucky Trace. 1974.

Baldacci, David. Wish You Well. 2000.
     Also available: Large Type, eBook

Billheimer, John W. The Owen Allison series. (Adult Mystery BIL).

Caldwell, Wayne. Cataloochee. 2007. (Adult Mystery CAR).

Carr, Jess. Murder on the Appalachian Trail. 1984. (Adult Mystery CAR).

Chappell, Fred. Farewell, I’m Bound to Leave You. 1996.

Chappell, Fred. Look Back All the Green Valley. 1999.

Cramer, W. Dale. Sutter’s Cross. 2003.

Currey, Richard. Lost Highway. 1997.

De Castrique, Mark. The Buryin’ Barry series. (Adult Mystery DEC).

DePoy, Phillip. The Fever Devilin series. (Adult Mystery DEP).

Ehle, John. The Journey of August King. 1971.

Ehle, John. Time of Drums. 1970.

Ehle, John. The Winter People. 1982.

Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain. 1997.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Giardina, Denise. Storming Heaven. 1987.

Greene, Amy. Bloodroot. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Haigh, Jennifer. Baker Towers. 2005.
     Also available: Large Type, eBook, eAudiobook

Harper, Karen. Deep Down. 2009. (Adult Romance HAR).

Harris, Gardiner. Hazard. 2010. (Adult Mystery HAR).

House, Silas. Clay’s Quilt. 2001.

House, Silas. A Parchment of Leaves. 2002.

Johnson, Fenton. Scissors, Paper, Rock. 1993.

Kingsolver, Barbara. Prodigal Summer. 2000.
     Also available: CD

Lane, Vicki. The Elizabeth Goodweather series. (Adult Mystery LAN).

Marshall, Catherine. Christy. 1967. (Adult Romance MAR).

Mason, Bobbie Ann. Feather Crowns. 1993.

Mayr, Ilsa. Maelstrom. 2009. (Adult Mystery MAY).

McCarthy, Cormac. Child of God. 1973.

McCrumb, Sharyn. The Ballad of Frankie Silver. 1998. (Adult Mystery MCC).

McCrumb, Sharyn. The Devil Amongst the Lawyers. 2010. (Adult Mystery MCC).
     Also available: CD

McCrumb, Sharyn. Selected titles in the Elizabeth MacPherson series. (Adult Mystery MCC).
     Also available: Large Type, Audiobook

McCrumb, Sharyn. Foggy Mountain Breakdown & Other Stories. 1997.
(Adult Mystery MCC).

McCrumb, Sharyn. Ghost Riders. 2003. (Adult Mystery MCC).

Morgan, Robert. Gap Creek. 1999.
     Also available: Large Type

Morris, Gilbert. Over the Misty Mountains. 1996.

O’Dell, Tawni. Back Roads. 2000.
     Also available: Large Type

Nichols, Linda. Not a Sparrow Falls. 2002.

Palmer, Michael. Fatal. 2002.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Pancake, Ann. Strange As This Weather Has Been. 2007.

Parshall, Sandra. Selected titles in the Rachel Goddard series. (Adult Mystery PAR).

Pearson, T.R. Blue Ridge. 2000.

Phillips, Gin. The Well and the Mine. 2007.

Rash, Ron. One Foot in Eden. 2002.

Ritter, Josh. Bright’s Passage. 2011.

Seliy, Shauna. When We Get There. 2007.

Skipper, Roger Alan. The Baptism of Billy Bean. 2009.

Smith, Lee. Black Mountain Breakdown. 1980.

Thomas, Annabel. Knucklebones. 1995.

Trigiani, Adriana. The Big Stone Gap Trilogy.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook