Free eBook Bloodroot By Amy Greene –

Named For A Flower Whose Blood Red Sap Possesses The Power Both To Heal And Poison, Bloodroot Is A Stunning Fiction Debut About The Legacies Of Magic And Madness, Faith And Secrets, Passion And Loss That Haunt One Family Across The Generations, From The Great Depression To Today The Novel Is Told In A Kaleidoscope Of Seamlessly Woven Voices And Centers Around An Incendiary Romance That Consumes Everyone In Its Path Myra Lamb, A Wild Young Girl With Mysterious, Haint Blue Eyes Who Grows Up On Remote Bloodroot Mountain Her Grandmother Byrdie Lamb, Who Protects Myra Fiercely And Passes Down The Touch That Bewitches People And Animals Alike The Neighbor Boy Who Longs For Myra Yet Is Destined Never To Have Her The Twin Children Myra Is Forced To Abandon But Who Never Forget Their Mother S Deep Love And John Odom, The Man Who Tries To Tame Myra And Meets With Shocking, Violent Disaster Against The Backdrop Of A Beautiful But Often Unforgiving Country, These Lives Come Together Only To Be Torn Apart As A Dark, Riveting Mystery Unfolds With Grace And Unflinching Verisimilitude, Amy Greene Brings Her Native Appalachia And The Faith And Fury Of Its People To Rich And Vivid Life Here Is A Spellbinding Tour De Force That Announces A Dazzlingly Fresh, Natural Born Storyteller In Our Midst

10 thoughts on “Bloodroot

  1. says:

    this was recommended to me in the RA group when i was whining about wanting books like winter s bone and dogs of god and gritty appalachia stuff like that this is not as dark as either of those books, the stakes of survival are lower, but it is still a book i would recommend as a readalike, it seems closer to Garden Spells, which i have not read, but have been assured is a contemporary magical realism masterpiece there are definitely things that happen to characters in this novel that i do not wish to happen to me, but this is like dark women s fiction than the soul crushing despair of the stuff i have been craving.but again i liked it this will not be a negative review i particularly liked the structure of it each section is narrated by one or two different characters whose stories, when pieced together, reveal all the secrets of several inhabitants of the lonely mountains of tennessee, most of which revolve around one girl, myra lamb the story weaves through four generations of magic and violence and madness, and provides plenty of atmospheric detail of the land and the people s relationship to the land.some of the reviews on here complain that it is confusing i don t know what to say to that it s not really confusing at all i shrug the same way i shrugged when oprah chose one hundred years of solitude for her book club oprah you are just gonna frustrate some people with that one they have the same naaaames but they are different characters it is not a mass appeal book it would be, if people read and were comfortable with the nonlinear and the trickery but you can t go from recommending alice hoffman and bret lot and then go right into the marquez without pause you are bound to lose a few along the way there is some great storytelling in this book, some lovely incidents that are all pretty much tinged with sadness i look forward to whatever her follow up will be and maybe it will be desperate and heartbreaking, the way it needs to be for cold coldhearted me.

  2. says:

    5 stars It says something significant about this novel when I simply ignored time and gave myself to the story, reading it from beginning to end in a single mesmerized, urgent stretch I snuggled into Amy Greene s gloriously descriptive prose, feeling instantly comfortable with the narrator grandmother Byrdie and her rambling family oral history A healer, a water diviner and a spirit traveller Granny women with extraordinary gifts used to help others the spiteful great aunt who flung a curse upon them all the grace and the downfall of family s touch this was a bedtime story that I knew wellThroughout the saga of Byrdie Lamb s people, from the Bloodroot Mountain cabin she calls home and through to the journeys that her descendants follow, flashes of recognition and familiarity pushed me closer to them all Innately, I knew the trajectory the reality comforted me This was family and this was life Ah, the magic, the gifts There is such ego to them if the self is involved I read of Ford s visions with curiosity The edges of future were there, the possibilities the gift The potential The envy his downfall The sins of the father, John Ormand Byrdie s daughter Clio, a tortured haint blue eyed soul Myra, Clio s daughter, constrained by the mountain The saga At its end, Bloodroot arrives at a resolution of sorts not unlike life itself This Appalachian tale leaves us with a wisp of peace, arms full of forgiveness and the knowledge that another generation is about to tangle, hopefully, with the future.

  3. says:

    Wow After the slightly mixed reviews from Goodreads and the kind of cheesy, vague and somewhat misleading, I think description on the front flap, I was expecting this to be a decent, folksy read But I just finished it and I can t stop thinking about it.There s something haunting about the book My heart just broke for all the characters The writing was breathtakingly beautiful and the author even managed to weave in the accents and local ways of speaking without sounding contrived or making her characters sound like dimwitted hicks The book dealt with horrifically sad stories about abuse and loss without seeming melodramatic or heavy handed The descriptions of the mountains made me want to go romp around in the woods on a sunny day I guess the story and writing style reminded me a little bit of Alice Hoffman, but really this book had a style all its own.Fascinating story, hard to put down, wonderfully written If this author writes any books, I will surely read them.

  4. says:

    Very nearly five stars This is a slightly less gritty variation on the traditional Southern novel It follows four generations of women in a Tennessee family They are supposedly cursed because one of them was born with haint blue eyes, but the real curse is poverty and ignorance Limited opportunities for girls in the rural South made them throw away their lives on the first boy who paid them any attention There are Southern traditions and superstitions aplenty here, mostly of dubious origin, but strongly adhered to nonetheless If you swallow the heart of a freshly killed chicken, the man you desire will be yours This is not necessarily a good thing, as some of the women in the story discover the hard way The book has the authenticity of the snuff dipping grandmas and hard drinking violent rednecks, but it s tempered with beauty Greene gives gorgeous descriptions of her native rural Tennessee in the various seasons The small details about the natural surroundings really bring the reader into that place and time There were a couple of things that prevented this from being a five star book for me 1 The character of Laura never really pops out For most of the book, her voice is almost indistinguishable from Johnny s, except that he has better grammar 2 There was one thing left murky at the end that really niggled at me It was an important detail and should have been dealt with, at least cursorily I got to the very end and gave a couple of big eye blinks and said, Wait How did that happen I try to avoid spoilers, so I won t say what it was, but don t let it deter you from reading the book I m eager to see another book from Amy Greene.

  5. says:

    I can only think to classify this as a story tellin fictional read There isn t a whole lot of dialogue but there is a whole lot of storytelling from six different perspectives You can t call it a novel, you can t call it fantasy, certainly not chick lit or magical It s downright good story tellin It s a telling of people involved in the life of Myra Mayes Odum A wild and spirited mountain girl of the Appalachia region We read about Myra from the perspective of a child hood friend who loves her with all his heart but the feelings are not mutual We hear from Myra s granny who raises Myra and knows her wild spirit cannot be tamed much like Myra s mama who met her maker very early on in Myra s life We skip around in time and hear the story from Myra s twin s and the hardship they endure when they are taken from their mama We hear from Myra herself and what she went through and perhaps some closure on why she ended up where she did And finally we hear from John Odum, Myra s husband who paid his dues with a violent incident that set a path for change in all their lives.I didn t really think the publishers book description was all that fitting to what the story actually was about My own perception though The jacket claims this book is about the magic touch that is in Myra s family There really isn t much magic in this book This book at times is depressing, moody and haunting With that said, I couldn t put it down Some things that bugged me were that the paragraphs were insanely long, often one or two paragraphs per page There aren t chapters, there are books with all the different first person stories It was hard to find a place to take a break for the night Also, the Appalachia language was strange at first I sure felt dumb downed a bit With the negatives I pointed out, I have to say the author is a fantastic teller of stories I will be anxious to see what she may write for her next book She certainly is unique.

  6. says:

    This book brought an interesting question to my mind Do you blame bland story telling on the writer or the character when the book is told in first person Okay, so I only entertained the question as a way of explaining how the first part of this three sectioned book could be so engaging, so vivid, and the rest of the book almost mind numbing, even with a plot straight out of my favorite genre, Southern Gothic Yes, it is the author s fault if four of her six characters almost ruin a great tale when they spend too much time retelling without bringing anything new to the story, develop and lose personal insight for no apparent reason other than ease of story telling, and worst of all, don t follow the beautiful rhythm set up by the first section of the book.Greene knows her setting and that is one of the saving graces of this book The towns and isolated cabins of Bloodroot Mountain enliven the slowest moving parts of this book The idea of weaving together each of the characters own narratives is intriguing, and the first third of the book shows that Greene knows how to tell a good Southern Gothic story without literally telling the story.

  7. says:

    Don t be surprised if you see Amy Greene s Bloodroot make its way onto several of the literary prize short lists later this year It s that good a wonderfully engrossing story by a debut novelist who writes with amazing clarity, emotion, authenticity and beauty.Bloodroot is a plant that has the power both to cure or kill it s the central symbol throughout a novel rich with dichotomy love and hate, life and death Bloodroot is also the name of the mountain in dirt poor East Tennessee where the novel takes place Much like the Mississippi River in Mark Twain s works, Bloodroot Mountain stands as both the setting for the story and a thing with which the novel s characters have a real, tangible relationship The mountain itself is a character.These tragic characters, all with an inseparable connection to Bloodroot, take turns telling this story about the importance of family heritage and the dangers of fate Blue eyed, beautiful Myra Lamb is the central character She is her family s hope for breaking a century old curse But Myra herself seems also to be cursed, and marries an abusive jerk who does everything he can to sever her roots and destroy her sense of self Her only saving grace is her hope of one day returning home to Bloodroot You might leave one day, Myra says, but your blood will whisper to you Bursting with symbolism and Biblical allusions, but maintaining a wonderful sense of country mysticism and superstition, this novel is about as literary as literary gets That s not to say the book is difficult it s actually one of the most brilliant types of literary novels Even if you don t get all of it, you re still totally engaged in the story and the writing, because the story stands strongly on its own merit and the writing is so fantastic Taking time to think through and understand the literary adornments only adds to the enjoyment of the novel.I m not in a book club, but if you are, this would be a fantastic novel It s one that begs to be discussed, and therefore, savored.

  8. says:

    There are parts of this book that are amazing Greene s talent and ability are undeniable There are some lines that are just stunning I don t have a problem with the sequence or the multiple voices as other reviews do, and agree that this book is similar in structure and sometimes voice to those by Lee Smith I was particularly reminded of Oral History.My problems are two fold First, while I like how certain minor story lines from individual sections came back again in later sections, I m still not sure how it all works together or what I was supposed to gain from the book Ending with John Odom in some ways makes me angry um, he abused his wife and locked her under the houseare we supposed to just forgive him that I also never really got why Doug was so important that he deserved a whole section, but then never really came back in any relevant way.Second, why does ever revered Apalachian book necessarily contain a wild and beautiful mountain girl who hooks her wagon to the star of a handsome yet mean man There are so, so many books in which this is the main story line If we were teaching an Ap lit class, there could be a whole unit on the abused mountain woman Granted, this is a real story It happened It happens But not to everyone and the focus of this story in so many volumes makes it feel that way some times Why must the girl always be broken Finally, I would have liked for the modern sections taking place in 2010 and a few years before to feel a bit modern I m a woman living in Apalachia I know what it is to be born here, grow up here, live here still Those sections felt so much like the Byrdie sections that it was like nothing ever changes.Okay, all that being said, I really did like the book I m interested to see what Greene puts out next.

  9. says:

    In her debut novel set in East Tennessee Greene tells the story of an isolated mountain family who through many generations have gifts of healing, seeing into people s hearts, soothing animals At the center of the story is Myra, her grandmother and Myra s boy and girl twins After Myra s grandfather dies she and her grandmother live on their mountain through their own wits and hard work and help from a few neighbors.Then Myra falls almost fatally in love with Johnny and he with her but their love is like something from a Greek tragedy You just know it s not going to turn out well though Myra s survival streak re emerges when she realizes she s pregnant She screws up enough courage to get away from her physically and mentally abusive husband and slink back home to Grandma Time plays an odd role in this book It s hard to keep track of what century you re in because the events and living conditions don t jibe with modern existence There isn t any central heating, phones and TV s are rare Central plot elements are isolation, the dark and light sides of loving, blood ties, and tradition What happens feels pre ordained The beauty and wildness of mountain living are reflected in the engrossing plot, in fact the plot and it s pace are the best part of Bloodroot I d actually rate this like a 4.5 than a 5 because the plot and the unusual characters and setting are so engrossing.

  10. says:

    ETA There is another theme central to this book love Love has violence imbedded in it Love tears us apart Each chapter is told from one character s viewpoint I gave this book three stars, yet it continues to occupy my thoughts I enjoyed this book for its ability to put me in in a place where I had never been before It drew a picture of the South Tennessee during the 70s in a remote country town and in mountain side communities Superstition, belief in spirits and mystical visions were common place I was drawn into the lives of people that are certainly foreign to my way of living and comprehension I felt I was in another world This world seemed, although very foreign to me, real I was there and able to think as these people thought What themes were focused upon The first is a belief in magic and visions I was tantalized I tend to be very logical, and yet I was drawn to the possibility that sometimes strange things do happen Is it correct to judge them nonsensical simply because we do not understand them I am willing to believe that perhaps there is a dimension we today cannot fully comprehend The book goes one step further When are those who see visions actually crazy When should they be put away in asylums Of course if they hurt others that is a valid point supporting incarceration When is it better for society to let them remain free and add to general group diversity Such philosophical thoughts arise when reading this book Another theme is that of how important it is to each of us to make an imprint after we die Are their familial characteristics that we want to preserve, to remain after one individual dies Is it important that these characteristics be carried on to further generations I must admit, that sometimes when a grandchild does something that is typical of one s own behavior, you do crack a smile So if I state that continuation is not important to me, is that true Am I kidding myself So, I did enjoy being submerged in the southern atmosphere I enjoyed the philosophical meanderings BUT beware the behavior of the characters was certainly extreme Don t think you will be served a typical southern family Reading this book was for me a visit to a place foreign to my everyday life It widened my perspectives on others lifestyles The question is should it Are these characters too bizarre to draw any general conclusions How many people chop off fingers How many of us would really then save that finger in a box There is rape and emotional abuse abundant in this book Was it excessive I wonder what the author was trying to say by including so much abuse and exaggeration When you are reading you are drawn along with the events, but later one reflects hey, aren t those circumstances rather exaggerated Was this just a fun story Should any real conclusions be drawn at all But then maybe I have found an answer to my question Look at the title and see what I have added at the start of this review.