Amy Greene was born and raised in the foothills of East Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, where she lives with her husband and two children.
"Some novels are so powerful, so magical in their sweep and voice, that they leave you feeling drugged. Close the pages and the people in them keep right on talking to you. Amy Greene's debut novel, "Bloodroot, " set in the bone-poor hollows of the eastern Tennessee mountains, is such a book. . . . I found myself close to tears at several turns--devastated along with the characters by another crazed loss--and yet never depressed. Greene's writing is so pure and effortless, so evocative of a far-off place, that the beauty of her words transcends whatever miseries her characters must overcome. . . . Greene, who grew up in the Smoky Mountains, captures what poverty looks and feels and sounds like. Her descriptions of a life lived by the railroad tracks rival any corner scene from "The Wire." The vernacular is effortless and thick . . . This is a terribly sad, breathtakingly good read. Greene, get to writing another one quick."--Karen Valby, "Entertainment Weekly, " Grade: A "Stirring . . . The wild beauty of Appalachia is the backdrop for "Bloodroot, "Greene's entrancing debut novel told in six alternating voices over four generations. . . . The novel's charm comes from its hints of magical realism. Women with 'gifts'--to heal, make love potions and put curses on their enemies--add color."--Carol Memmott, "USA Today" "Masterful . . . Deep in Appalachia, where children run barefoot through the trees and the scent of wood smoke fills your nose, there's a place called Bloodroot Mountain, the fictional setting of Amy Greene's intricately layered debut novel . . . The book is narrated by six characters across four generations . . . voices [that] weave together a textured patchwork of life in a world geographically isolated but full of humanity. . . . A fascinating and authentic look at a rural world full of love and life, dreams and disappointment."--Nicole Cammorata, "The Boston Globe" "Four generations come to life in this beautiful and