By the best-selling author of The Dress Lodger, Sheri Holman’s new and most ambitious novel to date, Witches on the Road Tonight, uncovers the secrets and lies that echo through three generations of one Appalachian family. It is a deeply human, urgent exploration of America’s doomed love affair with fear.
On the eve of World War II, eight-year-old Eddie Alley lies in bed watching his first horror movie, hand-cranked and flickering on the bare wall of a backwoods cabin. In 2011, Eddie’s daughter, Wallis, an anchorwoman for a 24-hour news channel, lies in bed with a stranger, spinning ghost stories. Between these two nights winds the story of the Alley family - Eddie’s mother, Cora, an Appalachian mountain witch who slips out of her skin after nightfall; Captain Casket, Eddie’s alter ego, a campy 1970’s TV horror-movie host; and Jasper, the orphaned boy Eddie brings home, who is determined to destroy Eddie’s illusions even if it means destroying himself. Deftly moving from the rural, Depression-era South to modern New York City, Holman teases out the dark compulsions and desperate longings that can blur the line between love and betrayal. Witches on the Road Tonight is an unflinching story that digs at the roots of myth - both familial and societal - and beautifully renders our perpetual yearning to make sense of the past in our present.
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Hard to get into story; couldn't get past the cadence of narrator's voice. Very "jolty".
Was Witches on the Road Tonight worth the listening time?
Different narrator for this story would make it better.
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Listen to the sample first.
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Poorly narrated, produced and confusing story. Had high hopes for Moth Radio co-founder. Time wasted.
This was sort of like the Snow Child in that you never quite knew if the fable/fairy tale aspect to it was true.
Eddie lives in a mountain shack with his mum, who may or may not be a witch. The story switches between old Eddie, dying of cancer and young Eddie, injured in a car accident and befriending the driver Tuck. Tuck is bewitched by Eddie's mother, but is she really a witch or a strange, solitary, mountain woman?