- Gentle’s Holler. New York: Viking, 2005.
- Louisiana’s Song. New York: Viking, 2007.
- Jessie’s Mountain. New York: Viking, 2008.
Set in the mountains of North Carolina during the early 1960s, the books in the Maggie Valley trilogy follow the Weems family as they go through life in a small valley town in Haywood County. Jessie and Tom Weems have ten children, with unique talents and personalities. The books are narrated by Livy Two, their second oldest daughter who is twelve years old and full of moxie. Livy Two writes her own songs, plays the guitar, and generally takes after her father. Mountain music and song lyrics are included in many of the chapters, creatively explaining how Livy Two sees the relationships between family members and describing their way of life. The Weems family is also joined by the cantankerous Grandma Horace and an affable pet dog, Uncle Hazard. While nothing ever seems to be easy for the Weems family, their ties stay strong as they experience financial problems, health problems, and a major accident. The novels explore the relationships among all the Weems children, but pay particular attention to three of the Weems daughters – Livy Two, Louise, and Jitters – as they come into their own.