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The Devil's Dream

Smith, Lee

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ISBN 10: 0399137459 / ISBN 13: 9780399137457
Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1992
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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315, [5] pages. Notes. Genealogoy table on endpapers. Signed by author. Long inscription on title page signed by the author. Lee Smith is the author of Fair and Tender Ladies. From the author's official website: Lee Smith has published 12 novels and four collections of short stories. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award. In 2010, she published a collection of new and selected stories named Mrs. Darcy and the Blue Eyed Stranger and also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Library of Virginia. A sweeping saga about the world of country music by Lee Smith, "a Southern storyteller in the very best tradition {who}, like the best of storytellers, knows how to get out of the way so the story can tell itself". --San Francisco Chronicle. In 1990 Lee Smith won the Lyndhurst Prize to study country music, and her research resulted in The Devil's Dream (1992), yet another multi-generational family saga. The story of the musical Bailey family (loosely based, Smith says, on the legendary Carter family), it plumbs nearly a century's worth of history to tell the story of the family's most successful descendant, Katie Cocker, whose career flourishes once she hits Nashville.But The Devil's Dream is really concerned with the problem of success, which, for Katie--as well as for other country musicians and perhaps for all of us--carries within it the genesis of failure. "What you want, of course, is to be successful," Smith says. "You're always singing of home, but you're never home. And there's something about that--I think I feel like that about a lot of things, this intense ambivalence.". Bookseller Inventory # 66275

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Title: The Devil's Dream

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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Musically inclined early on--despite the warnings of religious zealot Bailey patriarch, Moses--Kate Bailey and her brood experience joy and heartbreak over the years, culminating in a final gathering at the Opryland Hotel. 40,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.

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"She writes lyric, luminous prose; her craft is so strong it becomes transparent, and, like the best of storytellers, she knows how to get out of the way so that the story can tell itself."
Moses Bailey, a preacher's son, forbade his fiddle-loving wife Kate Malone to play. But while he was gone on his travels, looking for God, Kate couldn't help herself, and began fiddling for her three children. For the love of music, Kate is willing to defy anyone who tries to stop her. From generation to generation, the gift and love of music cannot be stopped, and no Malone is immune from its spell.

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