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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharyn McCrumb Narrator: Candace Thaxton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781442397484
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Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times bestselling author, explores the ties between a reluctant female sheriff and a condemned man in this stunning and powerfully written Depression-era novel.

Suddenly thrust into the role of primary caretaker for her family following the tragic death of her husband, Ellie Robbins is appointed to serve out his term as sheriff of their rural Tennessee mountain town. The year is 1936, and her role is largely symbolic, except for the one task that only a sheriff can do: execute a convicted prisoner.

Ellie has long proven she can handle herself. But becoming sheriff is altogether different, and the demands of the role are even more challenging when she is forced to combat society’s expectations for a woman. Soon enough, dark secrets come to light, and Ellie must grapple with small town superstitions and the tenuous ties she shares with a condemned killer as she carves out a place for herself in an uncertain future.

Prayers the Devil Answers combines masterful historical research and captivating folklore to make an atmospheric and suspenseful tour de force.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Straightforward, unadorned, and powerful…this story of an ordinary woman thrust into the extraordinary role of sheriff moves forward with relentless momentum and stark beauty.”

    William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Is both an indictment of those who would hold a woman back simply because of her gender and, at the same time, a celebration of what a person can do when faced with difficult circumstances and seemingly unsurmountable odds.”

    A! Magazine for the Arts

  • “Not only is McCrumb a masterful storyteller in the classic sense of the word, but her deep love and historical background of her native Appalachian ancestry create a tapestry to be relished by her readers”

    Book Reporter

  • “Captivating in its scope and detail…an excellent exploration of one woman’s journey to save her family and find herself.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Candace Thaxton deftly portrays the hill country atmosphere and unique characters of the Depression era…Thaxton imbues the story with Ellie’s emotions as she recounts events at a comfortable pace. Especially well portrayed are Ellie’s conflicted feelings as she’s torn between society’s expectations of her as a woman and her new obligations as sheriff…Listeners will enjoy the musical quality of the prose as captured in Thaxton’s reading.”


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About the Author
Author Sharyn McCrumb

Sharyn McCrumb is the New York Times bestselling author of The Rosewood Casket, She Walks These Hills, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, If I Ever Return, and many more acclaimed novels. Her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and she has been honored for Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature. Her awards include Best Appalachian Novel, the Agatha, and the Anthony as well as the Edgar Award and the Nero Award. McCrumb is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and holds an MA in English from Virginia Tech.

About the Narrator

Candace Thaxton is an actress and audiobook narrator. She has starred in several  films and television shows, including Ghost Town and Law & Order. Among her numerous narrations are Elizabeth Chandler’s Evercrossed, Christina Schwarz’s The Edge of the Earth, and Carrie Arco’s Out of Reach.