The Rosewood Casket

The Rosewood Casket Randall Stargill lies dying on his southern Appalachian farm and his four sons have come home to build him a coffin from the cache of rosewood he has hoarded for the special purpose Meanwhile mounta

  • Title: The Rosewood Casket
  • Author: Sharyn McCrumb
  • ISBN: 9780451184719
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • Randall Stargill lies dying on his southern Appalachian farm, and his four sons have come home to build him a coffin from the cache of rosewood he has hoarded for the special purpose Meanwhile, mountain wisewoman Nora Bonesteel, Randall s sweetheart of long ago, prepares another box for his burial a small box containing human bones

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    1. Sharyn McCrumb

      Sharyn McCrumb, an award winning Southern writer, is best known for her Appalachian Ballad novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, and The Songcatcher Ghost Riders, which won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature from the East Tennessee Historical Society and the national Audie Award for Best Recorded Books The Unquiet Grave, a well researched novel about West Virginia s Greenbrier Ghost, will be published in September by Atria, a division of Simon Schuster Sharyn McCrumb, named a Virginia Woman of History by the Library of Virginia and a Woman of the Arts by the national Daughters of the American Revolution, was awarded the Mary Hobson Prize for Arts Letters in 2014 Her books have been named New York Times and Los Angeles Times Notable Books In addition to presenting programs at universities, libraries, and other organizations throughout the US, Sharyn McCrumb has taught a writers workshop in Paris, and served as writer in residence at King University in Tennessee, and at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York.

    235 thoughts on “The Rosewood Casket”

    1. A number of intriguing elements intertwined through this book. The narrative lost focus about a third of the way through. McCrumb probably could have made this a masterpiece if she had set it aside and went back to it later for serious editing and reworking. It's really too bad she didn't.

    2. Description: Randall Stargill lies dying on his southern Appalachian farm, and his four sons have come home to build him a coffin from the cache of rosewood he has hoarded for the special purpose. Meanwhile, mountain wisewoman Nora Bonesteel, Randall's sweetheart of long ago, prepares another box for his burial—a small box containing human bonesA story containing angels. Nice series this, what with the local folklore and indiosyncratic inhabitants.3* She Walks These Hills (Ballad, #3)3* The Ro [...]

    3. I really liked this story. I loved the feel of the book--like I was sitting on the porch in a rocking chair watching the clouds in the sky, listening to an old southern grandmother tell the story. It just had a really pleasant, easy-going feeling. But it wasn't just a pleasant, easy-going book. The story really moved along and I was never bored or tempted to skim. I liked the flashbacks that interrupted the story for just a minute and told some of the backstory. Instead of just being distracting [...]

    4. My first time to read Sharyn McCrumb, but a favorite author of my sisters, so I read "The Rosewood Casket". The story starts out with clarity and promise. The prologue is intriguing enough to pull a reader in. Ms. McCrumb, very vividly, describes the wooded southern area and captures the people so well. I truly felt as though I was in the mystic and beautiful place. The story continues with an elderly man who lives alone and needs to be hospitalized His family, all sons and their wives, come fro [...]

    5. Meh.In a nutshell, this book is about how what goes around comes around; in the context of this novel, if you take someone's land, someone will eventually come and take your land (or the land of your future offspring). McCrumb uses the sad story of the Americas to illustrate a moral point, reaching back to Daniel Boone's days of European settlers stealing land from Native Americans (though somehow he's revered, right?) and following this thread to 20th century America, where a family -- presumab [...]

    6. The Rosewood Casket was recommended to me, for my love of magical realism. And I am very grateful for that recommendation! This novel is set in Appalachian Tennessee, basically a foreign country to me, but McCrumb details both the culture and the landscape in a beautifully poetic way.At its heart, this is not just a story of the Stargill family, but of the timeless transition of land-tied creatures being forced to move, and indeed, of consequences. It's the story of Daniel Boone, the Cherokee, i [...]

    7. THE ROSEWOOD CASKET - VGMcCrumb, Sharyn - 4th in Ballad seriesOld man Stargill is dying, and his four grown sons are called home to the small mountain town where they grew up to say good-bye and carry out their daddy's dying wish: that his "boys" build him a rosewood casket. But a dying man's wishes aren't the only problems the splintered Stargills are forced to face. Emotions ride high, and tempers flare because if it isn't a vulture-like land developer going after the family farm, or old lady [...]

    8. I was really disappointed in this book. It started out with a very intriguing premise, and the characters, at first, felt very realistic and with quite a lot of depth. But about halfway through, I realized that nothing was really going to happen plot-wise, and the one big "event" that does occur happens to one of the minor characters that I couldn't have cared less about. The book has meandering side steps, going into detail about things like the inner thoughts of a random paramedic or doctor tr [...]

    9. I love the way Sharyn McCrumb writes, her style is so unique and her stories always draw me in. I love the way she blends southern family drama, history, and supernatural elements. Nora Bonesteel is my favorite of all McCrumb's characters. My heart broke for Randall Stargill in this story at what it must be like to die sick and alone.

    10. This is a deeply resonant book about how secrets, silence, poverty, and war haunt two families and the whole Appalachian region. It’s also a continuation of the story of Nora Bonesteel, seer. All that is wrapped up in an installment of a police procedural series. Come for the detective story; stay for the novel.

    11. I almost gave up on this book. To be honest I found the first half to be very boring. Some of the historical parts on the mountains & the American frontier was interesting but some was just tedious to read. As I stated before on a past reading update: This author sure has an obsession with Daniel Boone! lol I will say that I learned about who he was and that was sort of interesting. I can also tell by the author's writing that she loves her mountains! I read more about the author after readi [...]

    12. In the Appalachian mountains, a man lies down to sleep and doesn't wake up. He isn't dead yet, but he isn't far off. A handwritten letter instructs his four surviving sons to build a coffin out of rosewood and bury him on the land. With their wives and partners in tow, they set to, but there are tragedies all around them. The ghost of a young girl whose bones are delivered to them in a rosewood box. The slow death of a way of life as a land speculator schemes and manipulates to drive people out [...]

    13. My introduction to McCrumb's Appalachian ballad series. Loved its intermingling of current life, Anglo-Appalachian history and Cherokee belief. Stumbled across the book as my Mother was undergoing gallbladder surgery and the complication of a botched surgery.She almost died and I waited until I knew she was okay before suggesting this title. I told her that I felt it would have been extremely insensitive for me to send her this book by a writer I had just discovered, given the title, until I kne [...]

    14. Sharyn McCrumb is fast becoming one of my favorite authors! The Appalachian Mountains are not one of the places I naturally gravitate to for reading, but this is the second (or maybe third) book of hers set in that area, and I like each one better. I especially like the character of Nora Bonesteel, who appears in each of these books. Nora has The Sight, and it always adds an interesting dimension to the plot.This one, as they all did, ends in a way I would never have predicted. Did I like the en [...]

    15. Magic stuff. I forget how good a writer McCrumb is between books. She weaves history and culture and the real past together with a fictional present and comes up with unputdownable stories that become tales not just of a few characters but of the whole society of Appalachia. This is the story of what happens when old man Randall Stargill is dying and his four sons and their partners gather at the family farm in the mountains to carry out his last wish, to build him the rosewood casket of the tit [...]

    16. I loved seeing our "favorite family history story" mentioned three times in the novel, and noting one of my ancestors' names in a quote by Daniel Boone. What fun! So my review may be prejudiced by that, but I really did enjoy this story and the historical references enhanced it. How the Appalachians were formed and how they've changed - the topography and the people and even the birds and animals - was very interesting. A good read.If you're curious, the link tells the story of my great-great (e [...]

    17. The Rosewood Casket is a very interesting novel about true events of the Appalachian Mountains. I love reading books by Sharyn McCrumb because they are always so well written you feel you there during those times yourself. I have been to a couple of book signing she has come to in my area and she tells about her research she does before writing the novels. I highly recommend her books to any who like historical novels of the Appalachians. Also, if you get a chance to go to her book signings you [...]

    18. Love, love, loved this one! The Rosewood Casket had all the right elements of a great book for me. Namely, it has an Appalachian setting, dysfunctional family issues, and an engaging mystery element. I recommend this book for others interested in Appalachian family stories. You won't be disappointed.

    19. Met the lovely and earnest Sharon McCrumb at the Tennessee Library Association convention. She was enthusiastic about her research. I appreciate her literary contributions weaving history and legend of Appalachia.

    20. I like Sharon McCrumb, and Nora Bonesteel is one of my favorite characters of hers. Her books are set in Appalachia. I remember reading this one a while back and liking it. Mystery, folk lore, tradition and change.

    21. Great book! It was a little slow at times, but the good character development and story line make up for it.

    22. I love Sharon McCrumb and her character Nora Bonesteel. What made me give this book a 3 star is that Nora isn't in the book more! We do find out a piece about her past but I missed her. Lots of reference to Daniel Boone stealing the land of the Indians and the karma of it happening to the families living in the Appalachian Mountains today. This is the story of a dysfunctional group of 4 brothers, their dying father and a casket with small bones in it. This was not her best novel and I wouldn't r [...]

    23. I love the language and rhythm of McCrumb's books, all of them, including this one. The Appalachian manner, for lack of a better word, and the deep connection to the land resonates so strongly with me that reading her books is sort of like visiting home. My ancestors came from the mountains and I live in the very southernmost area of the Appalachians, so I suppose that explains why I fall into McCrumb's mountain books like falling into a mound of cozy blankets.The only other author who affects m [...]

    24. An interesting look at the relationship between four brothers as adults, as well as the relationships between members of the community and the family at the heart of the story. A good read--sufficiently entertaining to keep me reading but not a page turner.

    25. Really enjoyed the tale. Lotsa Appalachian history, Daniel Boone lore, and modern mystery to boot. Good characters and setting - well done!

    26. Sharyn McCrumb's books include a lot of background material, and I love it. She includes the history and prehistory of the land as well as legends. I also like the character of Nora Bonesteel, who appears in many of the books set in the Appalachian mountains. Nora has "the sight" and can often tell when something good or bad is going to happen before it does. She does not abuse this gift, and it makes for interesting reading. In this book, as old Randall Stargill lays dying, his four sons and th [...]

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