Early Praise for Burdy: 

The crack of gunshots in a small Tennessee town ignites a lost tale that finds Burdy Luttrell leaving her home in the holler to travel to France on the trail of long-buried family secrets. In prose as clear as spring water and as lyrical as an old-time reel, Zacharias explores the lengths people are willing to go to bury the past and the emotional pitfalls of getting down in the dirt and digging it up.

—Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of This Dark Road to Mercy and A Land More Kind Than Home


Whenever I read Karen Spears Zacharias, I am struck by the disarming and haunting purity of a child’s voice—as if Scout is alive and writing books. Zacharias’ sophomore novel, Burdy, is a tender and moving story following broken people who mend equally broken people with the messy glue of mankind—love. Maybe Zacharias can write about the ripple effects of “men and their damn wars” because she’s lived through them, heard the doorbell ring, and still got the telegram to prove it. Maybe her words bubble up and out of a heart held together by the same glue. Whatever the source, her authenticity is inviting, and her honesty is brazen and unashamed. Her voice echoes well beyond the last page.

—Charles Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Water from My Heart and A Life Intercepted


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


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


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