Appalachian Justice : Cedar Hollow

  • by Melinda Clayton
  • Narrated by Lee Covington
  • Series: Cedar Hollow
  • 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-05-2013
  • Publisher: Thomas-Jacob Publishing, LLC