The Land Breakers
by John Ehle

Reissued by Press 53 in 2006

Acquired and reissued by New York Review Books Classics in 2014.
Set deep in the Appalachian wilderness between the years of 1779 and 1784, The Land Breakers is a saga like the Norse sagas or the book of Genesis, a story of first and last things, of the violence of birth and death, of inescapable sacrifice and the faltering emergence of community.

John Ehle (Ee-lee) is the author of seventeen books—eleven fiction and six nonfiction—including Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation. His novel, The Land Breakers, first published in 1964 by Harper & Row, was the first in a seven-book series that begins with the settling of the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina in 1779.

Mr. Ehle is a member of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, and has received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the Thomas Wolfe Prize, and the Lillian Smith Award for Southern Fiction. He is also a five-time winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. He has been recipient of the Mayflower Award for Nonfiction, the Governor's Award for Meritorious Service, and the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. Mr. Ehle holds honorary doctorates from UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Asheville, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and Berea College.
We get lots of questions about John Ehle's popular seven-novel Appalachian Series that begins chronologically with The Land Breakers and ends with Last One Home. Below, we have listed all seven books in chronological order with the date of publication in parenthesis, including current publication status.
John Ehle's seven-novel
Appalachian Series
The Land Breakers (1964) 
reprinted 2006, Press 53
reprinted 2014, New York Review Books Classics

The Journey of August King (1971) 
reprinted 1995, Miramax

Time of Drums (1970) 
reprinted 2014, Press 53 

The Road (1967) 
reprinted 1998, University of Tennessee Press

The Winter People (1982) 
reprinted 1999, Down Home Press

Lion on the Hearth (1961) 
reprinted 2015, Press 53

Last One Home (1984) 
reprinted 2009, Press 53
Last One Home
by John Ehle

9 x 6 paperback

Move Over, Mountain
by John Ehle

9 x 6 paperback

John Ehle's first book, published in 1957. Move Over, Mountain was considered the first novel written by a white author that portrayed African-Americans without stereotype. It received positive reviews from several major publications, but was shunned by segregated bookstores and libraries. There was only one US printing of Move Over, Mountain. The following year it was published by Hodder and Stoughton of London, England.
The Free Men
by John Ehle

9 x 6 paperback

In 1963-64, John Ehle chronicled the civil rights protests as they took place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This award-winning work of historical nonfiction was written as history was happening. Complete with original photos.
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John Ehle
50th Anniversary Edition
Time of Drums
by John Ehle

9 x 6 paperback, 338 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-06-6

“There have been many books about the Civil War; none of them, with the exception of The Red Badge of Courage, have comes close to the dusty, bloody, grinding truth that John Ehle writes about. Time of Drums is not only the story of men launched into a war with uncertain loyalties, but more important, it continues the Wright saga that John Ehle began with The Land Breakers and promises to expand into one of the great fictional sagas of American history.” 

—Borden Deal
“Ehle’s sense of mystery in the family, its potential for great evil with the best motives, gives this quiet book strength. Like mountaineers, it has staying power.” 

Los Angeles Times
The first book in John Ehle's famous seven-book "mountain series," The Land Breakers is indeed a classic.
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Lion on the Hearth 
by John Ehle

9 x 6 paperback, 406 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-30-1

Originally published 1961 by Harper & Row

Lion on the Hearth is chronologically the sixth book in John Ehle’s seven-book Appalachian series that includes The Land Breakers, The Journey of August King, Time of Drums, The Road, The Winter People, and Last One Home.

Lion on the Hearth is the story of the King family, successful merchants in Great Depression-era Asheville, North Carolina, where trading, competing, and risk taking are necessary for survival, and where greed and lust for love and power tests the limits of a strong, ambitious family.