On Agate Hill

On Agate Hill

A Novel

Book - 10/2006
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Workman Press.
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.


Baker & Taylor
Discovered in the ruins of a North Carolina plantation, an old box containing the mementos of a young girl's life--including letters, poems, newspaper clippings, court records, toys, and an 1870s diary--bring to life the world of young Molly Petree, an orphan growing up in the smoldering remains of the post-Civil War American South. 60,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Molly Petree, orphaned by the Civil War, is by her own definition "a spitfire and a burden. I do not care. My family is a dead family, and this is not my home, for I am a refugee girl." Raised in the ruins of a once prosperous plantation on Agate Hill in North Carolina, she's a refugee who has no interest in self-pity. To document her headstrong life, she collects its artifacts - her lifelong diaries, letters, poems, songs, newspaper clippings, court records, marbles, rocks, dolls, bones (some human, some not).
When a mysterious benefactor appears out of her father's past to rescue her, teenaged Molly Petree never looks back. Taking what she is offered, she saves herself and then risks everything to hold true to her nature and to true love. She casts aside two prosperous, well-born suitors to marry a dashing - and philandering - mountaineer only to be accused of his murder. The end of Molly Petree's story is as unpredictable and as passionate as her own wide-open heart.

Baker
& Taylor

Discovered in the ruins of a North Carolina plantation, an old box of mementos brings to life the world of young Molly Petree, an orphan growing up in the smoldering remains of the post-Civil War American South.

Publisher: 10/2006
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2006
ISBN: 9781565124523
1565124529
Branch Call Number: FICTION SMITH
Characteristics: 359 p

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