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Come Go Home with Me

Stories By Sheila Kay Adams

By Sheila Kay Adams

Foreword by Lee Smith

136 pp., 6.125 x 9.25

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4536-3
    Published: September 1995
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6646-7
    Published: November 2000

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Awards & distinctions

1997 Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award, North Carolina Society of Historians

Sheila Adams has been performing Appalachian ballads and telling stories for over twenty years. A native of Madison County, North Carolina, she was introduced to the tale-telling tradition by her great-aunt 'Granny,' well-known balladeer Dellie Chandler Norton. This collection of Adams's stories provides a rare portrait of a distinctive mountain community and charts the development of an artist's unique voice. The tales range from stories of heroic, sometimes fierce, mountain settlers to the comic adventures of local drifters and tricksters, from magical childhood encounters to adult rites of passage. We meet Bertha and the snake handlers, local preacher Manassey Fender (who 'looked like a pencil with a burr haircut, in a suit'), and Adams's beloved grandfather Breaddaddy, who taught her about life and death with an enchanting graveyard dance. But perhaps the most powerful character depicted here is 'Granny,' whom Adams calls 'the most exciting person I have ever known and the best teacher I would ever have.' By weaving these remembrances into her stories, Adams both preserves and extends a rich artistic heritage.

About the Author

Sheila Kay Adams, a former public school teacher, now pursues a career of sharing the music, stories, and heritage of her mountain culture. She lives with her husband and children in western North Carolina.
For more information about Sheila Kay Adams, visit the Author Page.

Reviews

"Pure mountain magic."--Life

"In Come Go Home With Me, a collection of Adams' short stories, we find tales that are charming and filled with mountain magic."--Winston-Salem Journal

"By turns hilarious and deeply moving, always lively, Sheila's stories paint the portrait of a whole culture, from the past to the present day."--from the Foreword by Lee Smith