Karen Spears Zacharias @ Leav Library

11/06/2015 - 6:30pm

"With clarity and great compassion, Karen Spears Zacharias captures the fragility of the human heart. I could still hear the cadence of Appalachian voices long after I turned the last page,” says Todd Johnson, author of The Sweet By and By.

“Karen Spears Zacharias’ new novel Burdy takes us back to the Appalachia of East Tennessee that we visited in Mother of Rain, into the world of mountain coves and isolated communities, the world of Melungeon healers and visions and long-kept secrets. Zacharias’ prose sings with tumbling rivers and forested hilltops, with the pain and loss of war, suicide, grief and guilt, and with the joys of connection, community, love, and the relief that comes when we know the truth. Books clubs will love spending time with Burdy, a one-of-a-kind original from the hand of a master.” —Taylor M. Polites, author of The Rebel Wife

When it is a healing they need, the people at Christian Bend, Tennessee, turn to one woman—Burdy Luttrell. Melungeon by birth, Burdy learned the therapeutic properties of roots from the women in her family. But then a fateful moment, and an armed gunman, leave the healer fighting for her own life.

Karen Spears Zacharias has crafted a mesmerizing novel of tragedy and transformation, a beautiful rendering of fact and fiction, and a tenderhearted narrative of survivors and the battles they face. 

“Karen Spears Zacharias’ new novel offers a full strength dose of reading joy. Tough and warm, sly and wise, Burdy demands a single sitting read. Prepare to be captivated.”—Karen Karbo, author of Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life

“…her authenticity is inviting, and her honesty is brazen and unashamed. Her voice echoes well beyond the last page.”—Charles Martin, author of Water from My Heart 


Burdy is the sequel to  Karen Spears Zacharias Mother of Rain, winner of the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction and a finalist for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize. A stage play of Mother of Rain is under production by Georgia’s Springer Opera House. Zacharias is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, and her work has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and The Diane Rehm Show. She lives near the big river in Oregon. Learn more about her at karenzach.com.



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Burdy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780881465396
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Published: Mercer University Press - September 1st, 2015

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ISBN: 9780881464481
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Published: Mercer University Press - September 30th, 2013