The latest installment in Alex Bledsoe's critically-acclaimed Tufa series about musically-talented fae in rural Tennessee, a seriesKirkus Reviews calls "powerful, character-driven drama...a sheer delight." (starred review)
“Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways.” —Seanan McGuire,New York Times bestselling author
When Matt Johansson, a young New York actor, auditions for "Chapel of Ease," an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show's writer and composer. They soon become friends; Matt learns that Ray's people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated home town. But there is one question in the show's script that Ray refuses to answer: what is buried in the ruins of the chapel of ease?
As opening night approaches, strange things begin to happen. A dreadlocked girl follows Ray and spies on him. At the press preview, a strange Tufa woman warns him to stop the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep.
Matt and the cast are distraught, but there's no question of shutting down: the run quickly sells out. They postpone opening night for a week and Matt volunteers to take Ray's ashes back to Needsville. He also hopes, while he's there, to find out more of the real story behind the play and discover the secret that Ray took to his grave.
Matt's journey into the haunting Appalachian mountains of Cloud County sets him on a dangerous path, where some secrets deserve to stay buried.
Enter the captivating world of the fae in Alex Bledsoe's Tufa novels
The Hum and the Shiver
Wisp of a Thing
Long Black Curl
Chapel of Ease
Gather Her Round
"With his subtle, character-driven approach, Bledsoe skillfully fuses music, legend, and regional atmosphere to create something that feels like an unexplored corner of American mythology." –Publishers Weekly
“Always effectively subtle in how it employs the supernatural, with music central to the magic of the Tufa.” —Library Journal
“A fine installment in the popular series and a fine way for newcomers to join in the fun.” —Booklist
“This book is a graceful merging of magic and mundane that charmed me to my core.” —Bookworm Blues
“A fun, fascinating read that revels in elements of folklore, magic realism, and just good old fashioned suspense and interpersonal drama.” —Our Lives Magazine(Madison, WI)
Praise for the Tufa books:
"Long Black Curl makes me so happy that there are authors writing real North American-based mythic fiction...one that sits so well it feels like it's always been a part of us." - Charles de Lint
"Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways." -Seanan McGuire,New York Timesbestselling author, onWisp of a Thing
"Captures the allure and the sometimes sinister beauty of the Appalachian backwoods. -Library Journal, starred review, onWisp of a Thing
"It's no secret that music stirs the soul, and combining that with a folk-tale setting makes a deeply heart-rending novel." -RT Book Reviews (four stars) on Long Black Curl
"Haunting. . . . It's a mixture: folk tales and folk songs, updated with a dose ofSex and the City. Or, you might say, a rustic version of 'urban fantasy,' with its suggestion that there's mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town facade." -The Wall Street Journal on The Hum and the Shiver
"A lot of fun." -Booklist on Long Black Curl
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