Some of the folks up here were smarter than anybody he had met at the college, and they read everything they could find, so that they salted their conversations with phrases from Milton, Homer, and Shakespeare. So why were they content to remain here? He wasn’t sure, but if he had to put a name to his hunch, he might have called it shyness or, more precisely, since it was not fear, a disinclination to involve themselves in the machinations of society.

(pg. 36, The Devil Amongst the Lawyers by Sharyn McCrumb, ARC)

I’ve only started this book, but so far I like how it gives the different views on Appalachian people. The out of town press think of the locals as hillbillies, uneducated moonshine drinkers. The local man, who is trying to work his way up in the newspaper business realizes that the people who choose to live in the mountains do it for their own reason, they’re not to stupid to move, they don’t want to.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Play along. The rules are easy and I only cheated a little. Grab your current read, open to a random page, and give us two teaser sentences. Remember, no spoilers.

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I received my copy from the publisher for review and the above is my honest opinion. I am an Amazon associate.