I didn't know what I was getting into when I started this book. Laurel is a young woman whose life has been tainted by North Carolina superstition and a true bout of horrid luck. Happiness comes for Laurel in the form of a mute man whose life she is able to save. Happiness doesn't stay.I can't come up with the words to do this book justice. The atmosphere, the setting (WWI is the backdrop although it takes place in the backwoods of NC), and the short glimpses of a hard and sad life all mix together in a meaningful and moving way. There's a sadness to this book I won't soon forget.