Books Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks Hardcover, 271 pages, John F Blair Pub, List Price: $26 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleOver the Plain HousesAuthorJulia Franks Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary A Depression-era Appalachian farm wife is branded as a witch by her fundamentalist husband when she bonds with a USDA agent who has traveled to the North Carolina mountains to instruct regional families on how to modernize their homes and farms. Genres: Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Over the Plain Houses NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2016's Great Reads December 6, 2016 The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Review Book Reviews 'Plain Houses' Is A Spellbinding Story Of Witchcraft And Disobedience April 27, 2016 Julia Franks' debut novel is set in Depression-era North Carolina, where young farm wife Irenie is sneaking off to the woods for moments away from her husband — who's convinced his wife is a witch.