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A dusty box discovered in the wreckage of a once prosperous plantation on Agate Hill in North Carolina contains the remnants of an extraordinary life: diaries, letters, poems, songs, newspaper clippings, court records, marbles, rocks, dolls, and bones. It's through these treasured mementos that we meet Molly Petree.

Raised in those ruins and orphaned by the Civil War, Molly is a refugee who has no interest in self-pity. When a mysterious benefactor appears out her father's past to rescue her, she never looks back.

Spanning half a century, On Agate Hill follows Molly's passionate, picaresque journey through love, betrayal, motherhood, a murder trial--and back home to Agate Hill under circumstances she never could have imagined.

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A dusty box discovered in the wreckage of a North Carolina plantation house contains the remnants of an extraordinary life: an 1870s diary of a young girl, letters, poems, songs, newspaper clippings, court records, marbles, rocks, dolls, and bones. It’s through these treasured mementos that we meet the unforgettable heroine of Lee Smith’s new novel.

Raised in the smoldering ruin of the post–Civil War American South, young Molly Petree, now orphaned, has no intention of wasting time on self-pity. She means to live her life to its fullest. So, when a mysterious benefactor appears out of her father’s past to rescue her, she doesn’t look back—until she is an old woman and returns to the farm on Agate Hill. Spanning half a century, On Agate Hill tells the story of a woman who risks everything to remain true to herself. It’s a novel of obsessive love, unexpected adventures, and luck—both good and bad. Like a ballad of the Old South, Molly Petree’s tale resonates with passion, humor, and drama.

Lee Smith, a virtuoso of voice and vision, creates flesh-and-blood characters tempered with equal doses of comedy and tragedy. Like her popular and beloved novels Oral History and Fair and Tender Ladies, On Agate Hill is storytelling at its very best.

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  • A Washington Post Book World Best Book
  • An Atlanta Journal-Constitution Notable Book
Indomitable, unforgettable, and orphaned by the Civil War, Molly Petree is about to embark on an extraordinary journey toward a life she could never have imagined…

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The "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Last Girls" has written a novel that imagines the life of an orphaned girl coming of age in the post-Civil War South, and follows the young girls journey through love, betrayal, motherhood, and a murder trial.

About the Author

Lee Smith is the author of nine previous novels as well as three collections of stories. Her ninth novel, The Last Girls, was a New York Timesbestseller as well as co-winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. The recipient of an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999, Smith lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Letter from Tuscany Miller

Agate Hill 5

Notes from Tuscany

Paradise Lost 129

Further Notes from Tuscany

Up on Bobcat 217

Plain View 273

Another Country 311

Final Notes from Tuscany

Acknowledgments 365

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Tracey, May 28, 2008 (view all comments by Tracey)
You can count on Lee Smith for her haunting southern gothic charm. I would have given this a 5, but for a recurring modern setting that isn't really necessary and feels contrived. The modern setting interuptions are short and easily sped through to get back to the historic American civil war period. A good read, one you'll want to spend all weekend with.
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ISBN:
9781565125773
Author:
Smith, Lee
Publisher:
Shannon Ravenel Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
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Fiction : Literary
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070831
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , A dusty box discovered in the wreckage of a North Carolina plantation house contains the remnants of an extraordinary life: an 1870s diary of a young girl, letters, poems, songs, newspaper clippings, court records, marbles, rocks, dolls, and bones. It’s through these treasured mementos that we meet the unforgettable heroine of Lee Smith’s new novel.

Raised in the smoldering ruin of the post–Civil War American South, young Molly Petree, now orphaned, has no intention of wasting time on self-pity. She means to live her life to its fullest. So, when a mysterious benefactor appears out of her father’s past to rescue her, she doesn’t look back—until she is an old woman and returns to the farm on Agate Hill. Spanning half a century, On Agate Hill tells the story of a woman who risks everything to remain true to herself. It’s a novel of obsessive love, unexpected adventures, and luck—both good and bad. Like a ballad of the Old South, Molly Petree’s tale resonates with passion, humor, and drama.

Lee Smith, a virtuoso of voice and vision, creates flesh-and-blood characters tempered with equal doses of comedy and tragedy. Like her popular and beloved novels Oral History and Fair and Tender Ladies, On Agate Hill is storytelling at its very best.

"Synopsis" by ,
  • A Washington Post Book World Best Book
  • An Atlanta Journal-Constitution Notable Book
Indomitable, unforgettable, and orphaned by the Civil War, Molly Petree is about to embark on an extraordinary journey toward a life she could never have imagined…
"Synopsis" by , The "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Last Girls" has written a novel that imagines the life of an orphaned girl coming of age in the post-Civil War South, and follows the young girls journey through love, betrayal, motherhood, and a murder trial.
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