Review by: Idgie, Dew on the Kudzu - August 22, 2016
Ann has magic in her writing in that she easily gives vision to the scene, the characters and their voices. I was completely hooked into Ella Ruth and Buster by the first chapters. I felt like I knew them. I wanted to hug them close and provide comfort to both. Ann brought them fully alive to me.
Review by: Mary Hood, author of A CLEAR VIEW OF THE SOUTHERN SKY, HOW FAR SHE WENT, and other fiction - July 15, 2016
Ann Hite's novel, SLEEPING ABOVE CHAOS, leads her readers and follows her characters from Black Mountain and Swannanoa Gap into deep and perilous consequences from wasting love and cherishing hate. The chaos in the title is human. The sleeping are not as far above it as they think; they are about to wake. Hite's characters do not choose hate instead of love. Sometimes they are born into it. Sometimes they grow into it. Sometimes they are driven to it, and sometimes they walk. There's no map. It is easy to get lost along the way, courting comfort or oblivion or revenge. "Love is for fools," one character testifies, in favor of friendship. But the tangled loyalties, bloodlines, secrets, and silences in SLEEPING ABOVE CHAOS are deeper than friendship, more vital than blood. Hate is part of "the beautiful wreck" Hite's fictional people create, are created by, and witness. Hite's fiction mirrors and reflects today's dreams and realities and what we make of our prejudices and heritage. We dare not look away.