Summary

Deep in the mountains of Appalachia, Billy May Platte learned the hard way that 1940s West Virginia was no place to be gay:
"We was sheltered in them hills. We didn't know much of nothin' about life outside of them mountains. I did not know the word lesbian; to us, gay meant havin' fun and queer meant somethin' strange."'
In 1945, when Billy May was 14 years old and alone, three local boys witnessed an incident in which Billy May's sexuality was called into question. Determined to teach her a lesson she would never forget, they orchestrated a brutal attack that changed the dynamics of the tiny coal mining village of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia forever.
Thirty years after the brutal attack, living in solitude on top of Crutcher Mountain, Billy May discovers the hideout of a young girl - a girl who just happens to be the daughter of one of the boys who attacked Billy May so long ago. No one knows better than Billy May the telltale signs of abuse, and she must quickly make a decision. Will she withdraw into the solitude in which she has lived since the horrific attack, or will she risk everything to save the girl from a similar fate? In spite of the heartbreaking incidents that take place in the novel, the book is ultimately a tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit and a celebration of the beauty of second chances.
Underneath it all, Appalachian Justice is also a powerful love story, though certainly not a conventional one.
©2010 Melinda Clayton (P)2013 Melinda Clayton
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5 out of 5 stars
By Crackdown on 02-01-14

Not your typical lesbian story - it is superb!

This is NOT your average lesbian story. It is much deeper and meatier than most stories out there. There is no 'typical' girl meets girl, a dance ensues and finally they get together. This is the view of one woman's life in a time and place where being gay was frankly awful, so don't expect the basic love story that seems to have flooded the lesbian market, but you won't be disappointed if you take a chance on the book.

A word of warning though. If you have issues with a history of abuse, especially CSA, then this story could be VERY triggering in places.

That aside, if you can deal with the subject matter, then this is a story that tugs at the heartstrings right until the end.

I wasn't sure how I would find the story dipping between three main periods in history. In fact it works out well, and doesn't become confusing to the listener.

This is a superb story, well written with a good understanding of the aftermath of childhood abuse. The narrator does a good job, especially as she has to deal with local dialects and word usage. As somebody who comes from a place where there is a deep pride with our own local dialect I am always fascinated by word use in other places. Don't mistake dialect in the story for poor grammar, it is not the same thing. In fact, it takes a skilled author to work dialect into a story so well.

If this isn't a triggering subject matter, then take the time to listen.

This story is certainly near the top of my favourite list, if not at the number one position.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Myra on 05-06-13

Backwoods and Backwards are Two Different things!!

If you could sum up Appalachian Justice in three words, what would they be?

Here's their story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Appalachian Justice?

Hard to say without giving away story line. I wish I could have heard more about the Polly character though.

What about Lee Covington’s performance did you like?

Lee delivers the presence of a mountain person without making any of them sound ignorant (except for the ones that ARE ignorant!).

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Actually I did listen to it in one sitting, one a day of travel! The stories move between characters and make you feel that you are mixing it up quite a bit. If you are going on a long car ride or several planes, this would be a perfect read!

Any additional comments?

This book was a recommendation from a friend and I am so grateful for it!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 27-10-16

a wonderful story

these characters will forever be a part of my life. Thank you to the author and narrator

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