On Kingdom Mountain (Hardcover)

By Howard Frank Mosher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780618197231, 288pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2007

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“It's such a delight that Mosher returns once again to Kingdom Mountain, home to strange characters, beautiful landscape, and a strong sense of community. The setting (Depression-era Vermont) and the issues (saving a mountain from greedy developers) are relevant today, as we search for a way out of the economic recession and attempt to save our planet from destruction.”
— Gayle Shanks, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
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Description

Set in northern Vermont in 1930, On Kingdom Mountain introduces us to Miss Jane Hubbell Kinneson. A renowned local bookwoman and eccentric bird carver, she is the last remaining resident of a wild mountain on the U.S.-Canadian border, now threatened by a proposed new highway known as the Connector.
On her fiftieth birthday, a mysterious stunt pilot and weathermaker enters her life when his biplane crashes on the frozen lake at the foot of her mountain. He brings with him a riddle -- handed down from his grandfather -- containing clues to the whereabouts of $100,000 in stolen Civil War gold that may have been hidden on Miss Jane's property. As she and the footloose aviator begin to search for the treasure, Miss Jane finds herself confronted by the most important decisions of her life.
Featuring daring action scenes and outrageous comedy, along with a passionate and surprising love affair, On Kingdom Mountain represents traditional storytelling at its best, rooted deeply in Howard Mosher's own family history and in a way of life on the brink of extinction.
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