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Janet Beard


The Ballad of Laurel Springs
forthcoming October 19, 2021
Gallery Books

The Atomic City Girls

2018 international bestseller
William Morrow


"The Ballad of Laurel Springs sets the resonant violence of family secrets to the music of the mountains. With tenderness and grit, Janet Beard celebrates the harmonies of survival that run generations deep. Never has it felt more necessary—or more electric—for a story to be heard through song."- Amy Jo Burns, author of Cinderland and Shiner

"Janet Beard’s powerful novel unfolds with the intricate weaving of generations of unforgettable women’s vivid voices. An illuminating glimpse into the eerie murder ballads of history, The Ballad of Laurel Springs is compelling historical fiction at its best.”- Patti Callahan, author of Surviving Savannah and Becoming Mrs. Lewis

"Lyrical, atmospheric and deeply moving, Janet Beard's new novel, The Ballad of Laurel Springs, explores the legacies—of passion and violence, music and faith—that haunt one family across the generations. A gifted storyteller, Beard brings her native East Tennessee to life with grace and empathy. This book is a stunner."- Jillian Medoff, author of This Could Hurt 

"An intriguing multigenerational saga of a family steeped in the old-time songs and stories of southern Appalachia... tinged with regret and loss, informed by the timeless lyricism of the songs... This inspired story of Appalachian folklore will move readers."- Publishers Weekly

"The Ballad of Laurel Springs is wonderfully unique and equally as heartbreaking."- Off the Shelf

"A distinctly Southern song that gets into the heads of readers and won’t let go."- Chapter 16

Country Living Front Porch Book Club pick October 2021