Scribe

Scribe Review

A haunting, evocative tale about the power of storytelling

A brutal civil war has ravaged the country, and contagious fevers have decimated the population. Abandoned farmhouses litter the isolated mountain valleys and shady hollows. The economy has been reduced to barter and trade.

In this craggy, unwelcoming world, the central character of Scribe ekes out a lonely living on the family farmstead where she was raised and where her sister met an untimely end. She lets a migrant group known as the Uninvited set up temporary camps on her land, and maintains an uneasy peace with her cagey neighbors and the local enforcer. She has learned how to make paper and ink, and she has become known for her letter-writing skills, which she exchanges for tobacco, firewood, and other scarce resources. An unusual request for a letter from a man with hidden motivations unleashes the ghosts of her troubled past and sets off a series of increasingly calamitous events that culminate in a harrowing journey to a crossroads.

Drawing on traditional folktales and the history and culture of Appalachia, Alyson Hagy has crafted a gripping, swiftly plotted novel that touches on pressing issues of our time—migration, pandemic disease, the rise of authoritarianism—and makes a compelling case for the power of stories to both show us the world and transform it.

Title:Scribe
Edition Language:English

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    Scribe Reviews

  • Hannah Greendale

    Pseudoliterary, slim, and unfocused. Scribe doesn't know what it wants to be....

  • Michael Ferro

    SCRIBE is one of those rare novels that perfectly blends the heartwarming with the heartbreaking, the desolate with the dignified, and the bleak with the beautiful. An elegiac story set in a dystopian...

  • BELLETRIST

    A brutal civil war has ravaged the country, and contagious fevers have decimated the population. Abandoned farmhouses litter the isolated mountain valleys and shady hollows. The economy has been reduc...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    "What a stout and foolish mansion is the human heart." *The country has been ravaged by a contagious fever that has dramatically reduced the population.  Government still exists but does not interfer...

  • ??Kimberly

    Reasons to grab Scribe You love folklore, particularly southern. You easily slip into stories surrounding the culture of those in the Appalachian Hills. Hagy’s story is lyrical, with magical realis...

  • Tara

    "Time had orphaned her." I'm not quite sure what my thoughts are on this brief novel. It changed throughout the reading. One thing that drove me crazy (and which was probably intentional on the part o...

  • Jacob Tuttle

    The novel tries to explore many themes from paranormal, to spiritual, to personal, and as a result no clear themes emerge. Throughout the story pacing continually shifts from a consistent strong pace ...

  • Jenny Moore

    This was my first time reading Alyson Hagy, and when I spotted this at Book Expo, I knew nothing about her writing. As a fan of fabulous feminist dystopian fiction, I figured I'd like it. After the fi...

  • Hayley

    Such an odd, but well written little book...

  • Lucille

    4.5road warrior by way of appalachia, but elevated to art....