The unquiet grave: A Novel

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From New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb comes this finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia, based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history—the case of the Greenbrier Ghost.Lakin, West Virginia, 1930—Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Eager to try the new talking cure for insanity, Boozer encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia. In his forty-year career, Gardner's most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride—a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost. Greenbrier, West Virginia, 1897—Beautiful, willful Zona Heaster has always lived in the mountains of West Virginia. Despite her mother's misgivings, Zona marries Erasmus Trout Shue, the handsome blacksmith who has recently come to Greenbrier County. After weeks of silence, riders come to the Heasters' place to tell them that Zona has died. A month after the funeral, determined to get justice for her daughter, Mary Jane informs the county prosecutor that Zona's ghost appeared to her, saying that she had been murdered. With its unique blend of masterful research and mesmerizing folklore illuminating the story's fascinating and complex characters, The Unquiet Grave confirms Sharyn McCrumb's place among the finest Southern writers at work today.
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Lakin, West Virginia, 1930—Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Eager to try the new talking cure for insanity, Boozer encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia. In his forty-year career, Gardner's most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride—a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost.

Greenbrier, West Virginia, 1897—Beautiful, willful Zona Heaster has always lived in the mountains of West Virginia. Despite her mother's misgivings, Zona marries Erasmus Trout Shue, the handsome blacksmith who has recently come to Greenbrier County. After weeks of silence, riders come to the Heasters' place to tell them that Zona has died. A month after the funeral, determined to get justice for her daughter, Mary Jane informs the county prosecutor that Zona's ghost appeared to her, saying that she had been murdered.

With its unique blend of masterful research and mesmerizing folklore illuminating the story's fascinating and complex characters, The Unquiet Grave confirms Sharyn McCrumb's place among the finest Southern writers at work today.
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subject_facetAfrican American lawyers -- Fiction
Biographical fiction
Criminal defense lawyers -- Fiction
Greenbrier County (W. Va.) -- History -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Large type books
Legal stories
Murder -- West Virginia -- Greenbrier County -- Fiction
Shue, Erasmus Stribbling, -- 1861 or 1862-1900 -- Fiction
Shue, Zona Heaster, -- -1897 -- Fiction
Trials (Murder) -- Fiction
title_displayThe unquiet grave : a novel
title_fullThe Unquiet Grave A Novel
The unquiet grave : a novel / Sharyn McCrumb
The unquiet grave [text (large print)] / Sharyn McCrumb
title_shortThe unquiet grave
title_subA Novel
topic_facetAfrican American lawyers
Criminal defense lawyers
Fiction
Historical Fiction
History
Literature
Murder
Romance
Shue, Erasmus Stribbling
Shue, Zona Heaster
Trials (Murder)