Black Mountain BreakdownBook - 1980
The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls presents one of her most compelling novels, acclaimed by Anne Tyler, Annie Dillard, and more...
Everywhere about her, from the traffic on Highway 460 to the river that's gone black with coal dust, Crystal Spangler sees a current flowing from the mountain town of Black Rock into the wider world. As a teenager, she is elected beauty queen, gets good grades, and-despite her many enviable qualities-manages also to be well-loved. Everyone knows that she is destined to leave town and do great things.
And she does.
But no one expects her return; drawn back home by some sort of memory, as if the current that had taken her away had changed its mind...
Baker & Taylor
Crystal Spangler struggles throughout her life to find a role that fits her best, but after living as a poet, a beauty queen, a schoolteacher, and a political wife, she returns home to Black Rock Mountain