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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,837 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Smith Narrator: Kate Forbes, Danielle Ferland, Katie Firth Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Award-winning, best-selling author Lee Smith is among the most authentic voices of the South and has been hailed as one of America's most accomplished authors. In this rich and bittersweet tale, she follows the shifting fortunes of a young North Carolina girl whose life is shattered by the Civil War.

Orphaned when her father falls in battle, Molly Petree is taken in by Uncle Junius on his Agate Hill plantation. But the terminally ill Junius is manipulated into marriage by his housekeeper, Selena, who inherits Agate Hill upon his death. Neglected and abused under Selena's watch, Molly escapes to a better life with help from her father's closest battlefield companion, Simon Black. But as she grows into a refined, educated woman, Molly remains haunted by tragedy.

Told from the perspectives of several of its colorful characters, On Agate Hill is the literary equivalent of an heirloom quilt, and one of Smith's finest achievements.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Judy | 2/14/2014

    " This was my second Lee Smith book and, oh my, what a great read. As in Oral History, Ms. Smith tells her story through journal entries, letters, and other archived information. This story is set post Civil War and tells the tale of one young lady from roughly 13 to the end of her life. In the telling Ms. Smith lays out life in the times of tragic loss but does so with an air of hopeful optimism and mystery. As with Oral History I walk away with a sense of how much stronger we are in the face of adversity than we may believe we are on any average sunny day. I will read as many Lee Smith novels as I can get my hands on. Run, don't walk, and grab up a few for yourself before I snap them all up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mirah W | 2/14/2014

    " This was my first novel by Lee Smith. It didn't move as quickly as I thought it would after reading the beginning but it was a very good book. Told from the different perspectives of the characters....through diary entries, letters, songs, etc. It was an interesting format and I liked getting the different perspectives. I thought the first half of the book moved slowly. Then things started moving quickly and a lot of time was covered during a character's testimony of some events. I felt that the characters in this section did not get the development that previously introduced characters did. I wanted to get to know Jacky better....I thought I had a good sense of him as a person but it wasn't that clear. I felt a sense of loss kind of permiated the entire book but in the end there is a feeling of contentment and satisfaction with life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Summer | 2/12/2014

    " Lyrically written, this book takes you through the life of Molly Petree. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kellie | 2/5/2014

    " This was a very unique book. It starts off with a letter from a young girl who is writing to a college asking to be let back into the program she was in. She tells the director of this school that she has a diary and some letters from the civil war. It is unclear if she sends the Director all that she has or just writes to tell him about it but then the book switches over to the diary and so the story begins. The setting is Agate Hill, North Carolina and it is just after the Civil War ended. Molly Petree is the author of the diary. She begins to tell about the people that have come to live on Agate Hill after her mother and father and brother have died. At first, I was not that thrilled about the story. It was difficult for me to follow all the characters and how they were related to Molly. Since it was told in the form of a diary, it made it even more difficult. But then, when Simon Black comes and takes Mary to the private school in Virginia, I started to take more interest in the story. From that moment on, I began to like it a little better. This is normally not my favorite genre. But since this was a book club book, I felt obligated to give it a try. I am glad I did. It is such an extraordinary work, I don’t think I will forget it. "

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