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"This superbly written novel is at once a whimsical love story, a lament for the wild lands that have been lost, and an unflinching examination of the American national character." - Associated Press
"First-rate...Mosher weaves homespun humor, a provincial New England setting and eccentric characters to create a satisfying, unique novel." - Publishers Weekly
On Kingdom Mountain
Houghton Mifflin, 2007; paperback by Mariner Books, 2008
Set in northern Vermont in 1930, On Kingdom Mountain is the story of 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. Miss Jane encounters a mysterious stunt pilot and weathermaker when his biplane crashes on the frozen lake at the foot of her mountain. He brings with him a riddle containing clues to the whereabouts of 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.
“Mosher is an old-fashioned writer, a storyteller of the first order; he has written a page-turner in the best sense of the term.” – Boston Globe
"This is Mosher at his peak. He may very well be the most authentic, the most illuminating, pleasurable, and rewarding writer at work today." -- Jeffrey Lent